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Issue 373 - 6 June 2013

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Long-awaited bullying code released

The long-awaited revised draft code of practice for bullying has been released for public comment.

The revised code includes changes to “What is workplace bullying?”.

Explicit references to the terms “direct” and “indirect” bullying have been removed, for example.

However, implicit references to both these forms of bullying remain – as in the included examples of bullying, which include incidents such as setting unreasonable timelines or constantly changing deadlines, spreading misinformation or malicious rumours, and abusive, insulting or offensive language or comments.

Explanations about the differences between intentional and unintentional bullying have also been removed but bullying is still referred to in the draft code of practice as being either intentional or unintentional.

In March, Safe Work Australia members agreed to release the revised draft code for public comment; however, it has been available only since Monday.

The code is open for comment until Monday 15 July.

The accompanying Consultation Regulation Impact Statement won’t be released until it has been approved by the Office of Best Practice Regulation.

For more detail, visit public comment, revised code and previous code


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