The Department is committed to providing safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces, which are free from bullying. Bullying will not be tolerated in any of the Department's workplaces.
The Department's Workplace Bullying Policy sets out the responsibilities of the Department, executives, managers, principals and employees in relation to workplace bullying. All Department employees in schools and central and regional offices are required to comply with the Department's Workplace Bullying Policy.
The Department's Workplace Bullying Policy is not applicable to students in Victorian government schools. Schools are required to have a policy addressing student bullying behaviour. A Bullying Prevention policy template is available on the School Policy Templates Portal via the link below.
Bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards or from an employee or group of employees that creates a risk to health, safety and wellbeing. Bullying may be either direct or indirect and can be carried out verbally, physically or in writing (e.g. via email, social media, instant messaging and text messaging).
To report workplace bullying or seek support, employees can speak with their principal or manager or the Employee Conduct Branch. Workplace Contact Officers (WCOs) and Health and Safety Representatives are good points of contact to find out who is best to talk to for your situation. Further information is available using the links below.
Support is available to employees, principals and managers involved in reporting and managing a workplace bullying complaint, even after the matter has been resolved.
Employees can also access four free and confidential counselling sessions through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on 1300 361 008. The EAP also has a dedicated Manager Assist telephone advisory service to support principals and managers to access management support and coaching. Further information about Employee Safety and Support Services is available using the link below.
Relevant sections of the OHS Management System
OHS Advisory Service on 1300 074 715, or email: