Report on workplace bullying recommends establishment of new agency


Hon. Jarrod Bleijie
Photo: QLD Government website

A report into workplace bullying in Queensland recommends the establishment of a new agency for victims.

According to a Courier Mail article, the report dated December 2011, was written for former Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick after he set up up a review of the controversial issue. The report raised concerns on the lack of consistent definition on workplace bullying.

“Despite the limitations of the data, the reference group agreed that there was sufficient evidence to indicate that bullying is a serious issue in Queensland workplaces,” the report says.

The report also stressed the importance for training to ensure that consistent and appropriate support is given to bullying victims.

Courier Mail further reported that an ‘inter-agency group’ was recommended which would act as first stop for the victims and could offer mediation and conciliation early in the cycle of bullying behaviour.

The report gave ten recommendations and said Workplace Health and Safety Queensland should review its Memorandum of Understanding “to ensure structures are in place to facilitate the referral” of extreme workplace bullying cases to authorities.

The report was released by the office of State Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie.

“The recommendations outlined in this report will be considered as part of Queensland’s input into the development of the national code of practice, which is addressing the issue of workplace bullying at a national level,” said Mr Bleijie.

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