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Workplace bullying is repeated and unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

It can occur in any workplace and can be harmful to you if you experience or witness it.

Some examples of potential bullying behaviour are:

  • offensive language or comments
  • unjustified criticism
  • deliberately excluding someone from workplace activities
  • withholding information that is needed for work.

Everyone at work can help ensure that bullying does not occur. It is important to respond quickly because the longer bullying continues, the more difficult it is to address and the harder it becomes to repair working relationships.


How to prevent and respond to workplace bullying

For persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs – or employers), Safe Work Australia’s Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying outlines what workplace bullying is and how to prevent, respond to and investigate it.

For workers, Dealing with workplace bullying – a worker’s guide helps you know if bullying is occurring and how it may be resolved. It’s useful if you believe you are experiencing or witnessing workplace bullying or if you have had a bullying report made against you.

Safe Work Australia also lists frequently asked questions about workplace bullying.

You can get practical help on preventing bullying in the workplace from the Bullying prevention kit.

What to do if attempts to resolve bullying have failed

If you want assistance, it’s important to know who to contact for your situation.


Call 13 10 50 for more information.