A 39-year-old man who threatened to kill a Department of Human Services employee did not think it was serious.
Peter Biggs' case worker was at his home on March 23, 2017 when he aggressively said, 'You guys are fat dogs', 'You are going to be (explicit) dead tomorrow (explicit)'.
Biggs pleaded guilty to making a threat to kill at Ballarat Magistrates Court on Thursday.
Defence lawyer David Tamanika said his client, a full-time brick layer, made the threat when he heard his partner arguing with the DHS worker and saw her upset while on the phone.
Mr Tamanika said Biggs told police he only threatened to kill.
"He didn't think it was as serious as it is," Mr Tamanika said.
Magistrate Gregory Robinson said DHS workers were similar to police.
"They are working in the community. One would think they are protected as they go about their work," Mr Robinson said.
Biggs is being assessed for a community corrections order.