If you are subjected to workplace bullying and harassment from anyone, there are places to go for help.
What is bullying?
Examples of bullying include:
- abusive, insulting or offensive language
- behaviour or language that humiliates, belittles or degrades, including criticism that is delivered with yelling and screaming
- teasing or regularly making someone the brunt of practical jokes
- displaying material that is degrading or offensive
- spreading gossip, rumours and innuendo of a malicious nature.
Violence, assault and stalking are extreme forms of bullying that are a criminal offence.
Bullying is not tolerated in the workplace no matter where it comes from: your employer, another apprentice or trainee, a client or a customer, any person in a position of authority, or from any other business contact. It doesn’t matter if bullying is carried out by an individual or a group – it’s still bullying and it can be stopped.
Employers are ultimately responsible for any bullying that happens in their workplace. The Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1996 makes it clear that employers must provide a safe and healthy working environment, which includes the prevention of bullying and harassment.
Safework SA has guides to bullying – what it is and how you can get it stopped.
The Office of the Training Advocate
The Office of the Training Advocate (OTA) provides information and impartial advice. Talk with staff confidentially about any issues in the workplace or your place of training.
Call 1800 006 488 or visit Ground Floor, 55 Currie Street, Adelaide. Office hours are Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 5.30 pm.
For more information visit Office of the Training Advocate.