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What is workplace bullying?

The national Guide for preventing and responding to workplace bullying (PDF, 746 kB) (the guide), made under the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (PDF, 1.42 MB), defines workplace bullying as 'repeated' and 'unreasonable behaviour' directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

Repeated behaviour refers to the persistent nature of the behaviour and can involve a range of behaviours over time.

Unreasonable behaviour means behaviour that a reasonable person, having considered the circumstances, would see as unreasonable, including behaviour that is victimising, humiliating, intimidating or threatening.

Examples of behaviour, whether intentional or unintentional, that may be considered to be workplace bullying if they are repeated, unreasonable and creates a risk to health and safety include (but are not limited to):

What is not workplace bullying?

Further information

More information about the definitions of what is, and what is not, workplace bullying is available within Section 1 of the guide (PDF, 746 kB).