Bullying prevention toolbox

Bullying harms workers and is a significant issue in New Zealand work places. It can affect people both physically and mentally, can disrupt workplaces, and lower work performance.

Preventing and responding to bullying at work

While a business must effectively deal with bullying at work, everyone at work has a role in dealing with it.

We have updated our 'Good Practice Guideline Preventing and responding to bullying at work' and developed other guidance for small businesses and workers.

Bullying at work: Advice for workers

This quick guide shows what bullying at work can look like, and what you can do if you think you are being bullied, or are accused of being a bully.

Download the Bullying at work: Advice for workers quick guide [PDF 603KB]

Preventing and responding to bullying at work: Advice for small businesses

This quick guide outlines what you could do to minimise the likelihood of bullying at your workplace and the harm arising from it if bullying does occur.

Download the Preventing and responding to bullying at work: Advice for small businesses quick guide [PDF 543KB]

Preventing and responding to bullying at work

These guidelines describe ways to minimise the likelihood of bullying at work and the harm arising from it.

While the guidelines focus on dealing with bullying at work, they can also be used to deal with other unreasonable behaviour.

Download the Preventing and responding to bullying at work good practice guide [PDF 2.3MB]

Bullying: Formal complaint form 

This form can be used to lay a formal complaint of bullying.

Download the sample Bullying: Formal complaint form - Word version [DOCX 30KB]
Download the sample Bullying: Formal complaint form - PDF version [PDF 29KB]

Bullying: Informal complaint form

This form can be used to informally report bullying or other upsetting behaviour.

Download the sample Bullying: Informal reporting form - Word version [DOCX 18KB]
Download the sample Bullying: Informal reporting form - PDF version [PDF 26KB]

Bullying: Workplace assessment form

This assessment form was developed by the New South Wales Government WorkCover and amended for New Zealand use. It can be used to assess how well your business prevents and responds to bullying at work.

Download the Workplace assessment form [PDF 110KB]

Anti-bullying policy template

This template can be used to develop an anti-bullying policy for your business or undertaking. It should be adopted with careful consideration. Consultation and discussion with workers and HSRs/HSCs and unions (if relevant) should take place before rolling out the policy.

The policy should be supported by a good implementation process, and workers should be trained in both the policy and processes.

Download the Anti-bullying policy template [DOCX 24KB]

Examples of what bullying at work is and what it is not

Find out what you can do about bullying at work