APS Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2014

Here are details about last year's APS Stress and Wellbeing in Australia Survey 2014. There will be a new Survey and results issued this year, as part of NPW 2015.  

2014 APS Stress and Wellbeing Survey results:


The survey aims to provide insights that will benefit the psychological and physical health of Australians.

Stress and wellbeing survey 2014: Main findings

How stressed are Australians?

Australians are faring slightly better than last year; however, levels of wellbeing are still lower than the first survey in 2011, and stress and distress levels are higher than those reported in 2012 and 2011.

Stress and distress

  • One in four Australians reported moderate to severe levels of distress this year.
  • The highest levels of stress and distress were reported by young Australians (18-25 and 26-35 year age group).
  • Older Australians, aged 66 and above, continued to report significantly lower levels of stress and distress.


  • In contrast to previous years’ findings, men reported significantly higher levels of wellbeing than women.
  • Older Australians (66 years and above) continued to report significantly higher levels of wellbeing compared with other Australians.
  • Australians aged 18-25 and 46-55 reported the lowest levels of wellbeing.


Previous surveys

Understanding and managing stress

Download the 'How to make healthy lifestyle changes' brochure

Download the stress tip sheet PDF

 Download the 'understanding and managing stress' brochure


Stress tips infographic

Stress tips infographic

A4 sized poster (pdf)
A3 sized poster (pdf)


How Australians manage stress (taken from NPW 2013 survey)

how Australians manage stress

Download the infographic


Tips on how to manage everyday stress

Tips for managing everyday stress


Medicare rebates

Medicare rebates are available for psychological treatment by registered psychologists. Learn more (pdf)