“Am I being bullied?”

It is important to remember that someone acting inappropriately or unfairly towards you might, but does not always constitute workplace bullying.

The Fair Work Act defines workplace bullying as occurring when “an individual or group of individuals repeatedly behaves unreasonably towards a worker or a group of workers at work, AND the behaviour creates a risk to health and safety” (Fair Work Act s.789FD(1))

“What should I do if I think I’m being bullied at work?”

The Fair Work Act definition of bullying does not always capture bad behaviour or unreasonable management, but it might, so it’s important that you seek advice from your ASU or OHS Rep if you think you are being bullied at work.

Here are some things you can do that will assist the ASU in representing you if you feel you’re being bullied at work:

  • Contact your ASU Delegate and/or OHS Rep for advice and assistance
  • Record the behaviour you experience (i.e. in a diary), including:
    • Date of the behaviour
    • People involved (including any witnesses)
    • Description of the encounter
    • How the experience made you feel
  • Read up on your rights in the Fair Work Act and relevant State OHS Act

Contact WorkSafe Victoria on 1800 136 089 or www.worksafe.vic.gov.au  or
WorkSafe Tasmania  on 1300 366 322 or www.worksafe.tas.gov.au

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