Saturday, October 6, 2012


 The current Inquiry into workplace bullying, being carried out by the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Education and Employment, has to date received 278 submissions. Of the 210 or so submissions that have been published to date, the following five refer specifically to Worksafe ACT's investigation into CIT's bullying problems.

These include:
* submission 191 by the ACT Government
(see, on page 11 (includes " The Commissioner [for Public Administration] is currently investigating a number of bullying and harassment complaints at the Canberra Institute of Technology with a view to addressing specific individual and systemic issues. Lessons learned for the ACTPS will also be identified and acted upon.").

* submission 77 by the Australian Education Union
on page 4 (includes " In the Australian Capital Territory, a recent WorkSafe ACT investigation into the compliance by Canberra Institute of TAFE with the Work Safety Act 2008 & Work Health & Safety Act 2011 in response to allegations of Bullying and Harassment highlighted the increased risk of a culture of bullying developing when there is a failure to be proactive about prevention and to adequately respond to complaints.  The WorkSafe ACT investigation noted that funding reductions (of around 40% in real terms since 1997), and the resulting casualisation of the teacher workforce had contributed to increased workload and stress in the workplace and was associated with an increased health and safety risk of bullying.");

An additional submission refers to Worksafe ACT's report on bullying at CIT without referring to CIT itself, namely:
submission 181 by Dr Carlo Caponecchia

* submission 117 by the Australian Nursing Federation
on pages 7, 30 and 33;

* submission 139 by the Victorian Trades Hall Council
on pages 5 and 8 (see footnotes 3 and 5);
* submission 188 by the Community and Public Sector Union and the State Public Services Federation Group
on pages 41-2.


  1. Bullying is persistent unwelcome behavior, mostly using unwarranted or invalid criticism. In the workplace, bullying usually focuses on distorted or fabricated allegations of underperformance. Thanks.

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