The Work Health and Safety (National Uniform Legislation) Act and Regulations define bullying as repeated and unreasonable behaviours directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.
Whether it is intentional or not, workplace bullying if repeated or unreasonable can create a risk to Work Health and Safety. Some examples of this behaviour include:
Its reasonable for PCBUs, managers and supervisors to:
These actions are not considered workplace bullying if they are carried out lawfully and in a reasonable manner.
Difference of opinion and disagreements are generally not considered workplace bullying. People can have differences and disagreements at work without engaging in repeated, unreasonable behaviours that creates a risk to WHS. People may also take offence at some behaviour that, in itself, is not unreasonable (including action by management).
Unreasonable behaviour may involve unlawful discrimination or sexual harassment which, in isolation, is not bullying.
For help with these matters, contact:
The role of NT WorkSafe is to assess whether the PCBU at the workplace concerned, has appropriate systems in place to manage the risk of exposure to workplace harassment.
NT WorkSafe responds to workplace harassment complaints only in certain situations that fall within the scope of the WHS (NUL) Act:
Information regarding the outcome of this step should be included in the written complaint.
NT WorkSafe will not provide mediation, counselling or victim support.
NT WorkSafe does not:
For further information or to request a bullying and harassment complaint form contact NT WorkSafe on 1800 019 115 or email@example.com.
NT WorkSafe is a division of the Department of Attorney-General and Justice
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