Last updated September 2020
This chapter explains the health and safety risks and legal ramifications of workplace bullying, and how you can prevent and respond to it.
What is bullying?
Bullying is harmful behaviour that is directed towards a person or group of people, and:
- is repeated;
- is unreasonable;
- is unwelcome; and
- causes either physical or psychological harm.
Repeated means behaviour that is persistent or a range of behaviours that occurs over time.
Unreasonable behaviour is behaviour that a reasonable person, having regard for the circumstances, would consider victimising, humiliating, undermining or threatening.
A wide range of injuries and illnesses can result from bullying, including:
- eating disorders; and