Bullying, sexual harassment & discrimination at work

Bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace are not appropriate and can be unlawful. Everyone has the right not to be bullied, sexually harassed or discriminated against at work.

Find out what you can do to prevent and stop bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination in your workplace.

Bullying in the workplace

Everyone has the right to a workplace free from bullying.

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Sexual harassment in the workplace

Everyone has the right to a workplace free from sexual harassment.

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Protection from discrimination at work

The Fair Work Act prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against an employee or a prospective employee for discriminatory reasons, including their sex, race, religion or gender.

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Have a workplace problem? JESS UPDATE

Find out what to do if you think bullying or harassment has happened.

For employees:

  • If you think bullying or harassment is happening at your work, talk to:
    • a supervisor or manager
    • a workplace health and safety representative
    • the human resources department
    • a union (visit the Related sites page to find registered unions in your industry).
  • If you're still employed, take action at the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) to stop the bullying:
  • If you have an order from the Commission to stop bullying in the workplace and it hasn't been followed, you can contact us to help enforce it by:
  • You can also take action by contacting:
    • your state or territory workplace health and safety body, which can provide advice and assistance about workplace bullying as well as consider complaints of workplace bullying or provide appropriate referrals to other bodies.
    • the Australian Human Rights Commission external-icon.png, which accepts complaints of workplace bullying, harassment or discrimination based on a person’s race, sex, age, sexual orientation, religion or disability under federal laws. The Australian Human Rights Commission uses conciliation between parties to reach a resolution.

For employers: