Independent Investigator for Allegations of Workplace Bullying and Other Unreasonable Behaviour

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The investigator and investigation team

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Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO was appointed in 2013 as the independent investigator for allegations of workplace bullying and other unreasonable behaviour by current and former CSIRO staff members and CSIRO affiliates.

Professor Pearce has been assisted by an investigation team from HWL Ebsworth Lawyers led by Ms Melanie McKean.

Completion of Phase 2 investigation

The investigator has now delivered all of his individual Phase 2 investigation reports to the Chief Executive of CSIRO.  These have been considered by the Chief Executive of CSIRO and some are now being considered by a Senior Manager to whom they have been referred.  The Phase 2 investigation reports will not be made public. On 9 and 14 April 2014, the Investigation Team informed people whose submission had been investigated during Phase 2 of the outcome of the investigation. 

General Findings Reports for Phase 1 and Phase 2

The investigator provided his Phase 2 report on general findings to CSIRO on 15 April 2014. The Phase 2 report is available here:

Report (1MB)
Appendixes (19MB)

In July 2013, the investigator delivered to CSIRO his Phase 1 report on general findings.  The Phase 1 report is available here:

Executive Summary (0.5MB)
Report (1MB)
Appendixes (47MB)

CSIRO's response to the Phase 1 General Finding Report and details of CSIRO's implementation of the Phase 1 recommendations is available at http://www.csiro.au/en/Portals/About-CSIRO/How-we-work/Reinforcing-CSIRO-values.aspx and the following pages.

Contact details for the investigation team

Telephone

1800 465 298

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Email

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HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
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MANUKA ACT 2603

Facsimile

1300 769 828

Website

http://www.hwlebsworth.com.au/csiro-investigation.html

How to make a submission

The period for making a submission commenced on 26 February 2013 and closed on 7 June 2013.

The Investigation is complete and the investigator is not able to accept new submissions.

Terms of Reference for Phase 2

The Terms of Reference for the investigator were released on 26 February 2013, amended on 17 May 2013 and further amended on 9 October 2013.  The further amended Terms of Reference are available here.

Terms of Reference (pdf)

Workplace bullying and other unreasonable behaviour

The investigator adopted the definition of 'workplace bullying' recommended by the Parliamentary inquiry into workplace bullying in 2012 which is:

workplace bullying is repeated, unreasonable behaviour directed towards a worker or a group of workers that creates a risk to health and safety.

The investigator has used a definition of 'unreasonable behaviour' as behaviour (other than workplace bullying) that is:

a. directed towards a worker or group of workers; and
b. unreasonable having regard to the standards of conduct described in the CSIRO Code of Conduct as it applied at the relevant time.

The current CSIRO Code of Conduct is available at http://www.csiro.au/Portals/About-CSIRO/How-we-work/Code-of-Conduct.aspx

Confidentiality and privacy

During Phase 1, the investigator kept a submission confidential if he was asked to do so by the person making the submission. In the individual Summary Reports provided to CSIRO, personal information contained in confidential submissions was blacked out.

During Phase 2, all participants consented to disclosure of their personal information.

Information about confidentiality and about how the investigator collected and used personal information is contained in the HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Privacy Notice for Phase 2 Sources and Participants (20 January 2014).

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Privacy Notice for Sources and Participants (pdf)

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Privacy Notice for Sources and Participants (word)

This Privacy Notice supplemented the previous HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Privacy Notice that was issued during Phase 1:

HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Privacy Notice (pdf)
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers Privacy Notice (word)

Information about how CSIRO will collect and use personal information from the investigation is contained in the CSIRO Privacy Notice for Sources and Participants (20 January 2014).

CSIRO Privacy Notice for Sources and Participants (pdf)

This Privacy Notice supplemented the previous CSIRO Privacy Notice that was issued during Phase 1:

CSIRO Privacy Notice (pdf)

Employee Assistance Program for current and former CSIRO staff members and CSIRO affiliates

Both current and former CSIRO staff members and affiliates (and their immediate families) can access free, confidential counselling to obtain advice and support for work and non-work related matters through CSIRO's Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is provided by PPC Worldwide. The contact number is 1300 366 789.

The EAP is always available to current CSIRO staff members and affiliates (and their immediate families). Special arrangements have been put in place so that former CSIRO staff members and affiliates (and their immediate families) who have made a submission to the investigator, or who are considering whether to make a submission to the investigator, can also now access the EAP.