Prevention of Workplace Bullying Policy

Applicable to: This policy is applicable to the WA health system and staff members as defined in this policy.

Description: The purpose of the Prevention of Workplace Bullying Policy (policy) is to ensure the creation and maintenance of an environment which is free from workplace bullying. The policy sets out the minimum requirements and responsibilities of the WA health system and staff members in order to prevent bullying from occurring in the workplace. This policy reinforces appropriate and ethical standards of workplace behaviour as prescribed in the Code of Conduct (Code).

Staff members must act in accordance with the Code which identifies CORE values of Collaboration, Openness, Respect and Empowerment, which are fundamental in the workplace, and defines standards of ethical and professional conduct. The Code states that:

  • there is zero tolerance for bullying, harassment and discrimination; and
  • staff members must not bully or harass, or support colleagues to bully or harass, each other, patients, clients or members of the public.

Workplace bullying will not be tolerated and will be treated seriously and managed accordingly.

Legislation pertinent to this policy includes:

  • Work Health and Safety Act 2020
  • Industrial Relations Act 1979.

This policy must be read in conjunction with MP 0124/19 Code of Conduct Policy and MP 0116/19 Grievance Resolution Policy.

This policy is a mandatory requirement for Health Service Providers under the Work Health and Safety Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(f) of the Health Services Act 2016.

This policy is also a mandatory requirement for the Department of Health pursuant to section 29(1)(l) of the Public Sector Management Act 1994.

This policy supersedes OD 0437/13 WA Health Preventing and Responding to Workplace Bullying Policy.

Date of effect: 13 August 2019

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