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Bullying and harassment data

During the last 12 months, have you been subjected to harassment or bullying in the workplace?

Response 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012
Yes 16% 17% 17% 16% 17%
No 78% 77% 77% 78% 77%
Not sure 6% 6% 6% 6% 6%

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Alleged perpetrators of bullying/harassment, by gender 2016

Perpetrator Female Male
Your current supervisor 17% 20%
A previous supervisor 26% 24%
Someone more senior (other than your supervisor) 31% 40%
Co-worker 38% 32%
Contractor 1% 3%
Someone more junior than you 9% 9%
Client, customer or stakeholder 4% 5%
Consultant/service provider 1% 1%
Representative of another APS agency 1% 1%
Minister or ministerial adviser 0% 1%
Unknown 1% 2%

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Type of bullying, by classification, 2016

Type of bullying SES EL Trainees/Grad/APS
Physical behaviour 5% 4% 4%
Sexual harassment 0% 2% 3%
Cyberbullying (e.g. harassment via IT, or the spreading of gossip/materials intended to defame or humiliate) 7% 7% 8%
Verbal abuse (e.g. offensive language, derogatory remarks, shouting or screaming) 54% 52% 47%
Initiations’ or pranks 0% 1% 3%
Interference with your personal property or work equipment 2% 3% 5%
Interference with work tasks i.e. withholding needed information, undermining or sabotage 46% 50% 34%
Inappropriate and unfair application of work policies or rules (e.g. performance management, access to leave, access to learning and development) 22% 31% 36%
Other 27% 28% 31%

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Employee engagement by experience of bullying/harassment

Experience Job engagement Team Engagement Supervisor Engagement Agency Engagement
Was subjected to harassment or bullying 5.8 5.1 6.0 4.7
Witnessed someone else being subjected to harassment or bullying but was not subjected to it themselves 6.6 6.3 7.1 5.3
Was not subjected to harassment or bullying and did not witness someone else being subjected to it 7.2 7.2 7.7 6.2

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