Company charged over alleged bullying of apprentice

WorkSafe has charged a Ballarat heating and cooling company after an apprentice was allegedly bullied by a number of colleagues.


Celsius Ballarat Pty Ltd is facing two charges under section 21(1) of the Occupational Health and Safety Act for failing to provide and maintain a safe working environment.

The company is alleged to have breached section 21(2)(a) of the OHS Act by failing to provide and maintain systems of work for identifying, reporting, investigating and stopping inappropriate workplace behaviour, including workplace bullying.

WorkSafe also alleges the company breached section 21(2)(e) of the OHS Act by failing to provide employees with necessary information, instruction and training relating to standards of behaviour in the workplace; how employees could report or complain about inappropriate behaviour; and the role of managers and supervisors to manage and respond to inappropriate behaviour.

The charges relate to an apprentice being exposed to the risk of mental injury posed by bullying and other inappropriate workplace behaviour between July 2022 and March 2023.

The matter is listed for a mention hearing at Ballarat Magistrates' Court on 22 January 2024.