Feb 22, 2018

Do I have to tell a prospective employer if I have mental health issues?

A recent job ad at Fairfax raises some important questions.

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


It was recently brought to Crikey's attention that the job application form for The Age's crime and breaking news reporters had a field that refers to the media industry emphasis on deadlines, and requires applicants to tick a box indicating whether or not they have "a mental or physical condition which make impact on your ability to cope with this type of work pressure".

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3 thoughts on “Do I have to tell a prospective employer if I have mental health issues?

  1. JMNO

    Since job applications are now generally lodged on line, I have noticed that a lot of employers add extra questions in addition to requiring the applicant to load up a resume and cover letter. Some are about ethnicity, language spoken at home, country of birth, some are about health and some are about criminal convictions (despite the demand in the job ad for a current police check which is required for almost all jobs – I don’t know how those with any kind of crime history ever get a job now).

    I have often felt that these questions shouldn’t be asked at all (ethnicity etc) or some shouldn’t be required until you are actually selected for the position or should be covered at interview.

  2. AR

    We seem to be rapidly approaching the goode ole daze when the usual offence was breathing whilst black/unemployed/working class/queer/alien…

  3. nino

    It seems irrelevant when these high pressure jobs cause mental health issues. I guess they want you before you burn out, not after. As usual, they expect society to pick up the mess they make.

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