12:07 pm, Friday 13 April, 2012
WorkSafe ACT has completed their investigation into workplace bullying at the Canberra Institute of Technology (CIT). This is according to ACT Work Safety Commissioner Mark McCabe who said that the investigation was conducted in response to representations made to WorkSafe ACT by several staff about CIT policies and procedures for handling bullying and harassment complaints.
“The WorkSafe ACT investigation found that the CIT had breached its responsibilities under the Territory’s health and safety legislation,” Mr McCabe said.
WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace.”
WorkSafe ACT issued an improvement notice requiring the CIT to improve its systems and procedures in preventing and managing bullying and harassment complaints from staff. They were given six months to comply with a number of specific requirements in the Notice designed to achieve this outcome.
“Bullying should not be tolerated in any workplace and all ACT businesses should have appropriate systems in place to identify and reduce cases of bullying in the workplace,” said Mr McCabe.