Small screen businesses are at the heart of the Australian screen sector and while they often have a desire to create a positive wellbeing culture, it can be difficult to find the time and energy to research, learn, and stay across evolving government legislation, industry priorities and best practice.

Screen Well’s new industry guide ‘Wellbeing for Small Business’ has been created to address this challenge.

“The guide contains essential information, and easy to follow step-by-step processes for small business owners in our industry to help improve mental health outcomes for their teams and themselves, while helping to meet their workplace health and safety legislative obligations,” says Screen Well founder Ben Steel.

Steel adds “As part of the development the guide, our industry consultation and research revealed that: 80% of small businesses in the screen industry don’t have any formal mental health or wellbeing strategies, procedures, and interventions in place. This statistic is alarming and for us, and highlighted the need for the guide.”

Key sections in the guide include:

  • Why create a mentally safe and healthy screen workplace?
  • Business benefits of improving mental health in the workplace.
  • Creating a wellbeing strategy for your screen business.
  • Wellbeing tips when onboarding.
  • How to conduct a wellbeing check-in.
  • Looking after your own wellbeing.

Steel continues “Today was the perfect day to launch this free resource as it’s World Self Care Day – and we’ve dedicated a whole section in the guide to this topic. We have done a rewrite on the phrase ‘self-care’ though, replacing it with ‘Refuel’, which we think is more relatable to our industry; we all know what happens if the generator on set runs out of fuel – everything grinds to a halt! It’s the same with individuals, if we run on empty and have nothing left in our tank – we burn out!”

To download the full guide, including mini-guides, templates, and accessible versions – go to

The guide ‘Wellbeing for Small Business’ was financed with the assistance of Screen Australia, VicScreen, and Screen Queensland.