Workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or group of workers, that creates a risk to health and safety.
Workplace bullying has been identified as an important hazard and risk to workers’ health and safety across all Australian jurisdictions, including within parliamentarians’ offices.
If bullying and other workplace conflict is identified and dealt with early, the situation can be addressed and resolved, preventing bullying from becoming acceptable behaviour which can result in workplace injury.
Reporting bullying and harassment
There are a number of options to report bullying and harassment, including:
- your employing parliamentarian, if appropriate
- the contracted WHS and Occupational Rehabilitation Services provider on 1300 418 288 - incidents should be reported within 24 hours to enable early intervention
- the WHS Site Officer for your workplace or a Health and Safety Representative from your work group, who can report the bullying or harassment to the contracted provider on your behalf
- MaPS Help Desk on 02 6215 3333
- your SAOs.
HR support and resources
MOP(S) Act employees can access a range of HR support services provided by MaPS:
- The EAP provides independent professional counselling service to employees and their families/household. You can call our EAP provider, JLT Assure, on 1800 945 145, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online at EAP Appointment Request.
- NewAccess workplaces is a free and confidential mental health coaching service available to all MOP(S) Act employees. You will be provided with 6 sessions with the coach, with a follow up session at one month and six months.
- The MaPS website has some useful Resources, including the Workplace Bullying and Harassment Policy.
- MaPS also has a WHS Library that has a series of health and wellbeing resources including articles, fact sheets and links to websites for information on WHS topics, including: bullying and harassment; workplace safety; self-help and more.
- It is also open to all employees to contact MaPS directly at email@example.com or by calling 6215 3333 for advice and support.