STOP Bullying in SA

A collaborative effort of the interagency roundtable on workplace bullying

What is Workplace Bullying?

The definition


What is NOT bullying behaviour?

The following definition is included in section 55A (1) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986:

'Workplace bullying means any behaviour that is repeated, systematic and directed towards an employee or group of employees that a reasonable person, having regard to the circumstances, would expect to victimise, humiliate, undermine or threaten and which creates a risk to health and safety.'

Repeated refers to the persistent or ongoing nature of the behaviour and can refer to a range of different types of behaviour over time.

Systematic refers to having, showing or involving a method or plan. Whether behaviour is systematic or not will depend on an analysis of the circumstances of each individual case with the general guideline in mind.

Risk to health and safety includes the risk to the emotional, mental or physical health of the person(s) in the workplace.

Bullying behaviour can be obvious and aggressive.

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Examples could include:

Violence, assault and stalking are extreme forms of bullying that constitute a criminal offence. Such behaviour should be reported directly to the police.
Examples include, but are not limited to:

Workplace bullying can also be subtle and could include behaviour such as:

Covert behaviour that undermines, treats less favourably or disempowers others, is also bullying, for example:

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What is NOT bullying behaviour?

As stated in section 55A (2) of the Occupational Health, Safety and Welfare Act 1986 bullying
behaviour does not include: