More than 800 Queensland public servants made workplace bullying complaints in the three years (seems to be October 2015- 2017).
The public servants complained (seems to be to WorkCover - this seems to be a very foggy article) of abuse, insults, offensive comments, unjustified criticism, deliberate exclusion, the spreading of malicious rumours, or offensive or intimidating emails or messages.
The largest number of workplace bullying complaints were from employees of the Queensland Department of Education and Training and the Department of Health, two of the largest Queensland public service departments.
Less than one in five of the workplace bullying complaints - 136 of the 800 complaints - seem to have been "substantiated" by WorkCover.
The average payout to complainants was about $30,000.
Education Minister Kate Jones said her department had a zero tolerance approach to bullying and harassment in the workplace.
Robina Cosser says : This is what they have been chanting since before 2002. Sounds good, means nothing.
A spokeswoman for the Queensland Department of Education said there was an average of less than 20 substantiated claims per year in the Department of Education.
And, this suggests, 80 more complaints per year that were found to be "unsubstantiated".
Some years back - before the Burpengary case - Work Cover began to refuse to investigate teachers WorkCover complaints.
They began to demand that teachers provide documentary evidence of the workplace bullying.
This is very hard to do when you know that any teacher who supports your WorkCover complaint will probably be "paid back" in some nasty way - like being forced to teach in a room next to a music room for a year, with only a plastic divider between your class and the singing, stamping, drumming going on next door.
This new policy must save WorkCover the cost of running proper investigations - but this economy exposes Queensland teachers to workplace abuse.
Queensland public servants paid $4 after bullying at work, Jessica Marszalek, the Courier Mail, 11 October 2017