“The WorkSafe ACT investigation found that the CIT had breached its responsibilities under the Territory’s health and safety legislation,” said Mr McCabe.
“WorkSafe ACT’s inspector determined that the CIT does not have an adequate system for preventing or responding to allegations of bullying and harassment in the workplace.”
An Improvement Notice has been issued requiring the CIT to make a number of improvements to its systems and procedures regarding prevention and management of bullying and harassment of staff. The CIT has six months to comply with a number of specific requirements in the Notice designed to achieve this outcome.
So a consultancy vacancy coming up then.
UPDATE 13/04/12 09:55: Education Minister Chris Bourke is kicking bottom over this one:
“I have today met with Mr Mark McCabe, the ACT Work Safety Commissioner, and Mr Adrian Marron, the Chief Executive of CIT to discuss the report’s findings and the ACT Government’s decision to immediately act upon these findings.
“Under Section 6 of the Canberra Institute of Technology Act 1987 I have directed Mr Marron to work with his senior staff and immediately address each of the 10 points noted in the Improvement Notice, and report directly to me.
“At the Government’s request the Head of Service has agreed to transfer an experienced officer from the Chief Minister and Cabinet Directorate to assist CIT in addressing the issues raised. Ms Meg Brighton, Director of Continuous Improvement and Workers’ Compensation Branch will coordinate the implementation of the WorkSafe Improvement Notice.
“The ACT Government does not tolerate bullying and harassment in the workplace, and I will be ensuring that all the changes recommended by the WorkSafe Commissioner are implemented promptly,” Minister Bourke said.