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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2005 Week 13 Hansard (17 November) . . Page.. 4360..


Education-bullying

(Question No 634)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Industrial Relations, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) How many cases of bullying of teachers by teachers were referred to and/or investigated by ACT WorkCover in (a) 2003-2004, (b) 2004-2005 and (c) 2005-to date;

(2) If ACT WorkCover does not collect such specific data, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) (a), (b) and (c) - ACT WorkCover does not collect such specific data.

(2) ACT WorkCover receives reports, via the Injury and Dangerous Occurrence report forms, directly from agencies for incidents that are reportable under Section 204 of the OHS Act. These forms are used for public and private sector injuries, and describe the nature of the injury, the injured person, the employer and/or outcomes of the dangerous occurrence. Where required, these are investigated. The reports do not provide the level of detail to enable the ready identification of the information requested regarding the bullying of teacher by teachers. ACT WorkCover is investigating whether this information can be collected in future.

The Chief Minister's Department maintains a database of incidents reported to ACTPS employers under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 1989. This data records, for the Department of Education and Training, the following numbers of reported incidents related to "repetitive assault and/or threatened assault by a work colleague or colleagues or repetitive verbal harassment, threats, and abuse from a work colleague or colleagues":

(a) 2003-04

5

(b) 2004-2005

11

(c) 1 July 2005 - 31 August 2005

0

Education-bullying

(Question No 635)

Mrs Dunne asked the Minister for Education and Training, upon notice, on 21 September 2005:

(1) How many complaints of bullying of teachers by teachers were made to the Department of Education and Training in (a) 2003-2004, (b) 2004-2005 and (c) 2005-to date;

(2) What is the breakdown, by school, of complaints of bullying of teachers by teachers in (a) 2003-2004, (b) 2004-2005 and (c) 2005-to date;

(3) If the Department of Education and Training does not collect such specific data, why not.

Ms Gallagher: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) The department does not have aggregated data on complaints of 'bullying' of teachers by teachers, however the following are the recorded investigations into conduct that may be


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