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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2022 Week 07 Hansard (Monday, 15 August 2022) . . Page.. 2516 ..

(3) Does MPC track bullying complaints; if so, can the Treasurer describe how these are tracked and reported; if not, why not.

(4) Does MPC track or document informal (eg, verbal) bullying complaints; if so, can the Treasurer describe how these are tracked and reported; if not, why not.

(5) Have there been any complaints against members of the MPC executive since it was established; if so, how many complaints.

(6) Did any members of the current MPC executive have bullying complaints made against them in other ACT Public Service roles; if so, how many.

Mr Barr: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) Major Projects Canberra (MPC) uses the ACT Government's Respect, Equity and Diversity (RED) Framework (2010), the Respect at Work Policy and the Preventing Work Bullying Guidelines that were developed to provide ACT Public Service (ACTPS) employees with information relating to treating others with respect in the workplace and preventing unacceptable behaviour such as bullying, harassment and discrimination.

MPC’s Respect, Equity and Diversity intranet page contains a comprehensive list of whole of government resources to assist staff if they have a specific issue in relation to work bullying, harassment or discrimination. Along with links to the whole of government guidance listed above, the page also contains information on the RED framework, an MPC Form to escalate a complaint (copy attached) MPC Form - Respect, Equity, Diversity Complaint.docx

MPC has five RED contacts officer available for staff. Their names and contact details are available on the internal MPC SharePoint site for all staff to access.

(2) Staff are able to make a complaint, using the MPC Form - Respect, Equity and Diversity or can report work bullying or harassment through their supervisor or manager, Executives or via the MPC HR team.

MPC applies the “Resolving Workplace Issues – Work Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Policy” and notes that staff may also contact Worksafe ACT, the Fair Work Commission, Fair Work Ombudsman or the ACT Human Rights Commission. This information is listed on the MPC SharePoint page for staff to access and have open access to contact the HR team if they have any questions or concerns

(3) MPC Human Resources (HR) tracks all discipline matters that are reported to it, including bullying complaints. The HR team also report all matters to the Professional Standards Unit, whether they are referred for investigations or not.

(4) All employees who contact the MPC HR team are provided with the information they need to be able to progress their concerns. Employee are advised of the process under Section H of the Enterprise Agreement of how discipline matters are managed. Noting that any matter that is deemed to be investigated will be sent to the Professional Standards Unit to undertake the investigation. Employees are also advised that their privacy will be respected, however they need to be aware that if they would like to remain anonymous it does add complexity for the appropriate sanctions to be enabled.

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