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Staff Assistance Officers

The Staff Assistance Officers are employees trained to provide other employees with information and support regarding bullying and harassment in their workplace.

For MOP(S) Act employees, the role of Staff Assistance Officers are is generally undertaken by each work group’s Health and Safety Representatives.

What are the responsibilities of a Staff Assistance Officer?

In the context of MOP(S) Act employment, the responsibilities of a Staff Assistance Officer may include:

  • providing an optional initial point of contact for any MOP(S) Act employees within the Staff Assistance Officer’s own work group who are affected by workplace bullying and harassment;
  • providing impartial and confidential (where appropriate) assistance and information about bullying and harassment matters;
  • discussing with the affected employee any concerns about bullying and harassment and managing their expectations about the complaints process and possible outcomes;
  • providing information and answering questions about the options available to an affected employee, including the informal and formal processes under the Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policy for MOP(S) Act Employees;
  • assisting an affected employee to access these options, where requested and appropriate;
  • acting as a support person, where requested, by being present with the affected employee while issues are discussed with the person involved and/or their employer;
  • reminding the affected employee of the availability of the EAP where appropriate;
  • raising awareness within their work group of bullying and harassment issues; and
  • assisting with training and education on matters relating to the prevention of bullying and harassment.

Staff Assistance Officers are not:

  • responsible for managing, resolving or making a complaint;
  • investigators or decision-makers; or
  • counsellors or mediators.

Staff Assistance Officers may be expected to:

  • maintain confidentiality (apart from in circumstances where the serious nature of an allegation makes reporting appropriate);
  • make an assessment as to whether a matter is sufficiently serious that the Staff Assistance Officer should report the allegation to Finance, Comcare or another entity; or
  • exercise their judgement in determining the most appropriate course of action in relation to any complaints they receive.

Contacting a Staff Assistance Officer

The following employees have completed Staff Assistance Officer training. As the program progresses and more employees are trained they will be added to this schedule.

Name

Party

Email

Telephone

Helen Lewis

Liberal Party of Australia

Office of the Hon Stuart Robert MP

helen.lewis@aph.gov.au

07 5500 5919

 

Jorden Gunton

Liberal Party of Australia

Office of Senator Wendy Askew

jorden.gunton@aph.gov.au

03 6331 8501

Rosemary Little

Liberal Party of Australia

Office of the Hon Peter Dutton MP

rosemary.little@aph.gov.au

07 3205 9977

Gai Coghlan

Australian Labor Party

Office of Chris Hayes MP

gai.coghlan@aph.gov.au

02 9726 3988

Kate Sutherland

Australian Labor Party

Office of Ms Lisa Chesters MP

kate.sutherland@aph.gov.au

03 5443 9055

Brydan Toner

Australian Labor Party

Office of Dr Mike Freelander MP

brydan.toner@aph.gov.au

02 4620 0293

Simon Kelly

The Nationals

Office of Mr Llew O’Brien MP

simon.j.kelly@aph.gov.au

07 4121 2936

Mia Mussett

Australian Greens

Office of Mr Adam Bandt MP

mia.mussett@aph.gov.au

03 9417 0759

Kim York

Independent parliamentarians

Office of Senator Rex Patrick

kim.york@aph.gov.au

08 8232 1144

Last updated: 23 November 2020