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Your Strategy for Workplace Bullying Prevention

WorkCover Tasmania has recently released a draft Workplace Bullying Prevention Strategy for public consultation. The information in this draft strategy could be of interest and value to you even if you do not have a workplace in Tasmania.

You may like to compare the Tasmanian research findings and recommendations with what occurs in your workplace and the strategy in your workplace for preventing bullying.

Tasmanian Workplace Bullying Research

WorkCover Tasmania commissioned an independent market research company to conduct research into bullying in Tasmanian workplaces and its key findings included:

Under Reporting of Workplace Bullying

The research also indicated that under reporting of bullying was prevalent in all Tasmanian workplaces for reasons such as;

Guiding Principles

The WorkCover Tasmania Board has identified seven guiding principles that they consider “are essential to creating work environments and cultures that minimise the likelihood of bullying occurring and ensuring the issue is dealt with fairly, efficiently and appropriately when it does arise”.

Perhaps these 7 principles are already established in your workplace.

Principle 1

Everyone in a workplace should be treated fairly and with respect.

Principle 2

PCBUs should be proactive in meeting their duty of care to reduce the risk of unacceptable behaviours occurring in their workplace.

Principle 3

Workers should be aware of their duty of care not to bully others in the workplace.

Principle 4

Everyone in a workplace should have a clear understanding of what is and what it is not appropriate workplace behaviour.

Principle 5

Everyone in a workplace should have an understanding of the options available if they experience or witness unacceptable workplace behaviour.

Principle 6

Everyone in a workplace should feel that they are able to raise an issue of unacceptable workplace behaviour without fear of victimisation.

Principle 7

Where unacceptable behaviour does occur in a workplace, intervention should be timely, fair and appropriate.

The draft workplace bullying prevention strategy is currently available at:

You are welcome to download this article and distribute it within your organisation.


Preventing Bullying in the Workplace Course

Onsite training for your staff and managers to help you comply with legislative requirements to prevent bullying.

Preventing Bullying for Workers

Onsite training for workers in their duties in regard to workplace bullying

Online Learning

Onsite training in bullying and harassment is also available

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Bullying in the Workplace : Risk Mangement System

Why Managers and Supervisors Have a Vital Role in WHS Compliance

Workplace Stress

Available training in preventing and responding to bullying in the workplace

Preventing Bullying for Workers

2 hour onsite training course for workers in their duties in regard to workplace bullying

Preventing Bullying in the Workplace Course  

3.5 hour onsite training course for Officers, managers and supervisors.

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