The State of Bullying in Victoria


There has been a deluge of reports coming out of Victoria in the last few months focusing on bullying and harassment. The hair-raising antics of former Geelong Mayor Darryn Lyons are detailed in the parliamentary inquiry report released last week. Lyons is reported to have threatened, bullied and displayed other unacceptable behaviours towards staff. He[…]

How Silence and Censorship Can Enable Workplace Corruption


While workplace corruption can take many forms, it can also exist in silence and censorship. A corrupt group of workers may keep silent about their activities, or they may impose silence or censorship on others to ensure that their conduct is not reported. This makes corruption very difficult to detect, and it also leads to[…]

Blowing the Whistle in the Public Sector


In 2003, Andrew Wilkie, who was then a senior government analyst, rocketed into the national consciousness by blowing the whistle on support for military action against Iraq. Wilkie is now a member of federal parliament and has championed protection for whistleblowers, particularly in the public sector. What the law says This was enacted by Parliament[…]

Sticks and Stones: The Physical Impact of Bullying


With the federal government increasingly exercising its legislative muscle when it comes to workplace bullying, employers are expected to be vigilant in prevention and to properly deal with bullying when issues arise. One of the key areas is work health and safety (WHS) and the physical impact of workplace bullying. WHS requirements WHS legislation requires that[…]

Social Identity and the Spiral into Corruption


Imagine this. Alice, new to her workplace, is given a company credit card for expenses such as client entertainment and work-related travel. She notices that other employees use their credit cards to purchase lunch, even when they’re not entertaining clients, and has heard a couple of people saying that they use it to buy petrol[…]

Procurement Fraud: Hitting Organisations Where it Hurts


Procurement is big business in Australia – there are sections of government devoted solely to procurement and large organisations have policies and procedures in place to regulate procurement practices. It’s a huge area of growth but in recent years it’s also been increasingly exposed to abuse by unscrupulous employees and operators looking to gain significant[…]



67%

of people experiencing
bullying or harassment
do not report it

42%

do not report for
fear of negative
consequences

69%

of fraud is
committed by
employees

1/3

of businesses will
experience economic crime
in next 12 months

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