Facts, figures and visuals on the negative behaviours experienced by survey respondents

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Don’t use this data to represent the whole public sector.

Due to the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19), some organisations weren’t able to take part in the 2020 survey.

These were:

  • 16 metropolitan and large regional health services
  • 10 other hospitals
  • Department of Justice and Community Safety
  • Victoria Police

With some results, some numbers may add up to more than 100% as respondents could select more than one answer.

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Who took part in the 2020 survey


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Due to the varied representation of some industry groups in the 2020 survey, there may be bias in the results.

The under-represented industry groups in the 2020 survey are:

  • Police and emergency services
  • Public health care

The over-represented industry groups in the 2020 survey are:

  • TAFE and other education
  • Victorian Public Service
  • Water and land management

The 2020 survey results may not be a reliable indicator of employee opinions or experiences compared to surveys in other years.

The data for % of public sector workforce comes from our annual workforce data collection.

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Bullying

Bullying is repeated unreasonable behaviour directed at an employee that creates a risk to their health and safety.

It can have an immediate and long-term negative impact on those involved, including those who witness bullying.

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Number of respondents who experienced bullying


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Type of bullying experienced


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Who did the bullying


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Telling someone about bullying


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Sexual harassment

Sexual harassment is non-consensual or unwelcome sexual behaviour that could cause an employee to feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.

And it is against the law.

Sexual harassment can have an immediate and long-term negative impact on those involved, including those who witness sexual harassment.

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Number of respondents who experienced sexual harassment


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Type of sexual harassment experienced


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Who did the sexual harassment


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How respondents responded to sexual harassment


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Discrimination

Discrimination is treating or proposing to treat a person unfavourably because of a personal characteristic that is protected by the law.

It can have an immediate and long-term negative impact on those involved, including those who witness it.

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Number of respondents who experienced discrimination


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Attributes respondents were discriminated on


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Type of discrimination experienced


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Violence and aggression

Violence and aggression are when employees are abused, threatened or assaulted in a situation related to their work.

It can come from anywhere, such as from colleagues, clients, customers or the public.

Violence and aggression can have an immediate and long-term negative impact on those involved, including those who witness violence and aggression.

Number of respondents who experienced violence and aggression


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Type of violence and aggression experienced


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Source of violence and aggression experienced


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Telling someone about violence and aggression


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