WorkSafe will only investigate when:

  • the bullying is still occurring, and
  • the victim has exhausted all options within their workplace to stop the bullying

It is the inspector’s role to investigate and determine if those involved have met their obligations under the Act: for example, if the PCBU has a policy and procedure in place for preventing and responding to bullying.

It is not the inspector’s role to mediate between the victim and the alleged bully or become involved in the specific details of the reported bullying activities.

The inspector may issue verbal advice and/or improvement or prohibition notices.

WorkSafe’s free Advisory Service can help you develop your safety management system, and support you to create a mentally safe and healthy workplace — a known factor in preventing workplace bullying. Our Advisors can help you with practical tools and resources to do this. Book a free visit with an Advisor.