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Local Government Anti Bullying Provisions FAQs

1. What is Bullying?

Bullying shall mean conduct at work where a person or group of people repeatedly act unreasonably towards an employee or group of employees, and that behaviour creates a risk to health and safety.

2. What is not Bullying?

Reasonable management action carried out in a reasonable manner shall not constitute bullying behaviour.

3. How does the Local Government Award deal with bullying in the workplace?

Where bullying behaviour is alleged, the grievance and dispute procedures of clause 37 will apply.

4. Is there anywhere else that can help with bullying in the workplace?

A worker in NSW can also seek assistance from SafeWork NSW under WH&S Act and Regulations.

SafeWork: 131 050 or www.safework.nsw.gov.au

5. What is discrimination in the workplace?

Unfair treatment must have happened because of:

  • Race or ethno-religion
  • Sex (includes pregnancy, breastfeeding and sexual harassment)
  • Age (includes compulsory retirement)
  • Marital status
  • Actual or presumed Disability (includes HIV/AIDS)
  • Actual or presumed Homosexuality/lesbianism or Transgender status
  • Actual or presumed Carer’s responsibilities (in employment only)
6. Who can help with discrimination in the workplace?

NSW Anti-Discrimination Board deals with complaints of unfair treatment in one of the following situations:

  • At work applying for a job, promotion or to be trained or if you are dismissed or forced to resign

For further information contact the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board:

Phone: (02) 9268 5544
Toll free: 1800 670 812
Website:  www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au