Bullying at the University of Newcastle (Australia)

We are working to highlight and stop academic workplace bullying at the University of Newcastle, Australia. We are a group of staff and students who have been bullied for speaking out about misconduct.

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*contact us.

This will help us gather as much information as possible so that we can put an end to this bullying with its’ decades-long history.

“Systemic bullying, hazing and abuse generally are identified with poor, weak or toxic organizational cultures. Cultures that are toxic have stated ethical values that are espoused but not employed, and other non-ethical values which are operational, dominant, but unstated.

Such cultures thrive when good people are silent, silenced, or pushed out; when bad apples are vocal, retained, promoted, and empowered; and when the neutral majority remain silent in order to survive. Those who are most successful in such a toxic culture are those who have adapted to it, or adopted it as their own”. (McKay, Arnold, Fratzl & Thomas, 2008)

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Making a submission

Do you want to make a submission but are concerned about legal action being taken against you?
Do you want to make a submission but want to remain anonymous?
Do you want to make a confidential submission?

See the previous blog entitled Public Hearing.
  • Making a submission to the review is governed by parliamentary privilege - NO LEGAL ACTION can be taken against you for making a submission.
  • NO LEGAL ACTION can be taken against you if the review publishes your submission.
  • The public hearing is also governed by parliamentary privilege.
  • You can also request a confidential submission if you are concerned.
If you want to send in a submission anonymously, Steve Davies has set up a dropbox  - According to PS news, "Mr Davies said the information collected in the dropbox would be collated into a report to be presented to the House of Representatives Committee Inquiry into workplace bullying.
   He said the dropbox would be safe for people to disclose information as it was encrypted and the IP addresses of the sender was not recorded."

You can submit to this dropbox anonymously.  If you are making a submission to directly to the Standing Committee, Steve Davies also suggests that you send a copy to the dropbox.


  1. My experience of bullying at the hands of the senior bullies of the UoN is so extensive and going back so many years that it will take two hours for the committee to read it.

    For once, I am getting my money's worth as tax payer instead of my tax going to fund the bulliversity.

  2. The countdown is getting exciting as I can now include a few names of the recently promoted bullies in my submission, giving the government an idea of what sort of people get promoted in this place.