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Bullying

For: Employers and managers Information seekers

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


What is bullying?

Examples of workplace bullying include:

  • offensive language
  • intimidating behaviour
  • belittling comments
  • practical jokes
  • unjustified criticism.

Bullying in the workplace is often the result of poor workplace culture supported by an environment which allows this behaviour to occur. Identifying and addressing bullying and other workplace conflicts early helps promote respectful behaviour and prevents bullying from becoming accepted behaviour.

If you are a worker, for more information about workplace bullying and the assistance Comcare can provide in these cases, see Dealing with Workplace Bullying and Requesting Comcare Assistance information sheet for workers (PDF, 184.7 KB).

Resources for employers

Resources to assist employers to fulfil their responsibilities:

Workplace bullying support pack for employers:

Resources for employees, workers and others

Resources for employees, workers and others concerned about inappropriate workplace behaviour or bullying:

Bullying has been identified as a hazard in the Model Code of Practice: Managing psychosocial hazards at work.

This guidance will help you meet your obligation under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 and the Work Health and Safety Regulations 2011.

Training on psychological health and safety

Training on mentally healthy workplaces

We provide training through our learning management system called Comcare LMS.

To access our training, you first need to create an account in Comcare LMS (see the steps to create an account). Then, select the training item that you are interested in and login with your email and password.

For more information about the training we offer, see Training and learning.

Page last reviewed: 18 August 2022

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Date printed 21 Apr 2024

https://www.comcare.gov.au/safe-healthy-work/prevent-harm/psychosocial-hazards/bullying