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    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Reference group to examine workplace bullying

    Education and Industrial Relations
    The Honourable Cameron Dick

    Sunday, July 10, 2011

    Reference group to examine workplace bullying

    The Bligh Government is putting workplace bullying under the microscope, setting up a special reference group to examine the issue.

    Industrial Relations Minister Cameron Dick said workplace bullying was a complex issue that needed to be addressed to further protect Queensland workers.

    “Queensland currently has existing laws to address workplace bullying and protect workers from harassment and the time is right to review these laws,” Mr Dick said.

    “I am establishing a workplace bullying reference group to look into the incidence of bullying and strategies to prevent bullying in Queensland workplaces.

    “The reference group will consist of senior worker and employer representatives, as well as legal and academic experts.

    “This group will ensure that Queensland’s framework for dealing with workplace bullying remains valid and effective in modern-day workplaces.”

    Mr Dick said one of the group’s main tasks would be to examine contemporary responses to workplace bullying within Australia and in other countries.

    “This includes the new Victorian laws, which have criminalised the offence of bullying in the workplace and included a reference to bullying in the definition of stalking,” he said.

    “The legislation also extended the definition of mental harm to include 'psychological harm and suicidal thoughts'.

    “The reference group will provide advice on how these laws, and approaches in other states and countries, compare with the existing framework in Queensland.

    “Queensland implemented a code of practice in 2004 to help employers prevent workplace bullying and harassment.

    “Given the code of practice has now been in place for seven years, the heightened awareness of bullying issues in society and the changing nature of modern workplaces, it is appropriate to undertake a review and consider any issues that exist and any contemporary responses needed to address workplace bullying.”

    The reference group is due to holds its first meeting in August 2011 and will complete its review by 31 December 2011.

    Media contact: Minister for Education and Industrial Relations 3237 1072
    10 July 2011