Training Practices which implement zero tolerance policies for bullying and harassment are happy places to work. Despite workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination being unacceptable and illegal, it occurs in all sectors of the Australian workforce, including general practice. The consequence of this behaviour can derail a victim’s professional and personal life, impact on their health, lead to legal action, and compromise patient safety. We all, cleaner through to practice principal, have a responsibility to adopt a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment.
This page contains a list of relevant resources relevant to your state or Territory, as well as resources offered by GPSA. Below is a list of safe work contacts for all states and territories, along with links to posters that are mandatory to display in the workplace in each jurisdiction, if required.
Australian Capital Territory WorkSafe ACT can provide advice and help if you are experiencing workplace bullying. Call 13 22 81 or visit the website here.
South Australia SafeWork SA can provide advice and help if you are experiencing workplace bullying. Call 1300 365 255. Visit the website here.
Safework Australia (resources referred to by SA, NSW and Queensland authorities)
Victoria – Worksafe
NT – NT WorkSafe
WA – Government of Western Australia, Department of Mines, Industry, Regulation and Safety
Tasmania – Worksafe Tasmania
ACT – Worksafe ACT
Factsheet – bullying response service standards
Bullying and Harassment: Pursuing Zero Tolerance in General Practice
This guide explains how to recognise and manage bullying and harassment behaviour, fostering a healthy work culture which benefits staff and patient care.
GPSA Workplace Discrimination, Bullying and Harassment Policy
This template, used by GPSA, will help you create your own workplace discrimination and harassment policy. It covers topics relevant to the following Federal laws:
Other Federal and state/territory laws may also apply to your workplace.