Workplace bullying

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

  • Unreasonable behaviour means behaviour that a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would see as unreasonable, including behaviour that is victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.
  • Repeated behaviour means an established pattern of behaviour and not a single incident.
  • Risk to health and safety includes risk to the mental or physical health of the person.
  • Worker includes all staff, contractors, consultants, volunteers, visiting appointees and visitors to the University.

Everyone has a right to:

  • work in an environment free from workplace bullying
  • be respected and valued at work
  • make a complaint if you feel you are being bullied or have observed workplace bullying
  • not be victimised for making a complaint.

Bullying can be perpetrated by, or occur to, any workplace participant. Bullying may occur between colleagues or up and/or down the organisational structure.

All workers must not engage in workplace bullying. Further, Deakin University encourage all workers to report incidents of workplace bullying if they experience or observe it in their workplace. Managers, supervisors and team leaders have further responsibilities to take reasonable and practical measures to prevent workplace bullying, to eliminate it if it occurs, to require workers to behave in appropriate ways and to respond where workplace bullying is observed or reported.

Workplace Bullying FAQ

Frequently asked questions.

Inappropriate Workplace Behaviours

More information about inappropriate behaviours.

Resolving concerns about inappropriate workplace behaviour

The resolution of issues around personal behaviours, in particular the resolution of complaints or concerns by a staff member about the behaviour of another staff member.

Informal resolution process

Deakin University's expectation is that staff and managers will attempt to resolve issues informally using internal mechanisms, where it is possible and appropriate

To take action or not

Taking action to resolve inappropriate behaviours.

Guide to Stress for Staff

Ideally tackling work-related stress is a partnership between you, your manager, and the University.

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