Australian workplaces are required by law to be safe places – where employees can go about their business in safety and harmony. This includes being free from bullying, harassment, intimidation and/or victimisation in the workplace.
If you are being bullied or harassed or threatened at work, you have a right to make a complaint to your employer and ask that such behaviour is stopped and that the bully is disciplined or otherwise dealt with.
Your employer, once contacted, is required by law to investigate these types of complaint and to take all necessary steps to ensure that the workplace is safe, and that you are able to attend work and perform your duties – free from bullying and harassment.
If the employer fails in this obligation (sometimes called a ‘duty of care’) you have a right to lodge an application for a ‘Stop Bullying’ order.