CSIRO announces independent investigation into Workplace Bullying allegations
The following notification has been posted on CSIRO’s website. Victims of CSIRO also received an email from CSIRO Deputy Chief Executive: Operations, Mr Mike Whelan advising of this notification.
This is a step in the right direction and we eagerly await release of the Terms of Reference. We would like to point out however, that these allegations predate May 2012 by a significant period.
Reinforcing CSIRO values
CSIRO is committed to providing a positive working environment for all its people; where all forms of unacceptable behaviour – including discrimination, bullying, harassment, intimidation, or threats in the workplace – are not tolerated.
- 5 February 2013
Since May 2012, there have been a series of allegations made by former employees of bullying and other misconduct matters while they were employed with CSIRO. Some of these cases CSIRO is aware of and have previously been the subject of independent review. Some cases were not known and we have therefore decided to appoint an eminent and experienced independent person to examine claims made by former employees.
This review mechanism is designed to provide an independent and formal means for former employees to raise concerns and allegations of inappropriate behaviour and misconduct whilst they were employed at CSIRO.
Should any of these allegations be proven, CSIRO is committed to taking action to address them. The aims of the review mechanism are to ensure our duty of care has been met to these people, recommend where further action is required and identify lessons we can learn to build into our future strategies.
This mechanism is not intended to establish a scheme under which former employees may apply for financial compensation or other remedies that would typically be able to be awarded by a court, tribunal or other administrative body. Nor is it intended to prejudice or substitute for other rights of recourse that a former CSIRO employee may have in relation to any loss or damage they believe they have suffered as a result of their treatment at CSIRO.
The terms of reference for this process are currently being finalised with input from the independent investigator. Once they have been finalised the details of the investigator and the terms of reference will be posted on this website.