Human Resources

Workplace harassment and bullying

Further information

  • UWA Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct
  • Equity and Diversity Advisers

UWA is committed to the values of fairness, respect, and dignity.

A cornerstone of this commitment is demonstrated through the inclusion in the Code of Ethics and Code of Conduct for all new staff contracts.

People work best in a setting marked by mutual respect, personal dignity, and support, which utilises one's skills and abilities, and encourages further learning. Students and staff have the right to expect to pursue their studies and work in a safe and civil environment, free from discrimination, harassment, sexual harassment, threatening or violent conduct, or offences against property.

Workplace bullying is illegal and can compromise safety in the workplace.

The effects of bullying in the workplace can include reduced productivity, high staff turnover, loss of good staff, increased workers compensation claims, and staff absenteeism. Bullying can affect individuals by causing high levels of stress, conflict between colleagues, and decreased health and well-being. Every staff member has an individual duty of care to contribute to a safe physical and psychological work environment.

UWA policy

UWA is committed to proactively addressing the issue of workplace bullying and has developed a policy, Prevention and Resolution of Campus Bullying, which details the University's expectations around the behaviour of staff.

This policy significantly includes the right of complaint for witnesses. Bullying has a negative effect on both recipient and bystanders who witness or overhear the behaviour. The University therefore recognises the right and responsibility of individuals to raise a complaint if they are exposed to bullying behaviour whether directly or indirectly.

For more assistance, contact your local Equity and Diversity advisor.

Our current work

Our Inclusive Campus Culture strategy specifically and explicitly details UWA’s policy on any form of bullying or harassment.

The "Workplace Bullying Prevention Series" provide information about bullying and how to act on it. These iLectures (available for viewing by UWA intranet users only) are relevant to all staff, particularly:

  • those affected by bullying
  • those who suspect, observe or have knowledge of bullying occurring in the workplace, even if they are not directly affected
  • supervisors and managers

Further information

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/workplace-bullying-violence-harassment-and-bullying-fact-sheet