About workplace bullying

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

How can WorkSafe help?

WorkSafe's Advisory Service can provide information on bullying and how to prevent it, advice on how to raise the issue of bullying in your workplace or refer the matter to an inspector (where appropriate).

Getting the right help

It's important to get the right help and, depending on your situation, it might be appropriate for you to seek advice from another agency.

Your rights at work

If your complaint relates to a dispute about performance management or working conditions such as pay or hours of work, contact the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Discrimination

If you're seeking advice about discrimination on the basis of personal characteristics, sexual harassment or racial or religious vilification, contact the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission or the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Violence or threats of violence

If your allegation of workplace bullying involves assault or threats of assault, we recommend you also contact Victoria Police and inform them of the incident.

The Centre Against Sexual Assault helps ensure that people who experience sexual assault have access to support. They offer an after-hours crisis line and 15 local offices.

For immediate emotional support

Lifeline offers a 24 hour confidential phone service providing emotional support in times of crisis or when callers may be feeling down

Beyondblue provides people with access to information for depression and anxiety related matters.

Fair Work Commission

An eligible worker who reasonably believes they have been bullied at work may apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop the workplace bullying. This is a parallel jurisdiction that operates separately to OHS and workers compensation law in Victoria.

If your complaint is about unlawful termination or unfair dismissal from your job, you can also contact the the Fair Work Commission.

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