Harassment and Discrimination Policy
Under Australian law it is a requirement of every workplace to ensure it provides an environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination, including victimisation and bullying. In doing so, all staff and students are treated fairly and have the opportunity to feel safe, valued and respected.
Discrimination is where a person treats or proposes to treat, a person with an attribute less favourably than another person without the attribute is or would be treated under the same circumstances. Examples include but are not limited to discrimination by age, disability, employment, nationality, religion, gender and sexual orientation.
Harassment is any unwelcome and uninvited comment or action that results in a person being intimidated, offended, humiliated or embarrassed.
Bullying is any unwelcome and offensive behavior that intimidates, humiliates and/or undermines a person or group. Bullying involves a persistent pattern of behavior over a period of time and may include verbal abuse, physical assault, unjustified criticism, sarcasm, insults, spreading false or malicious rumours, isolating or ignoring a person, putting people under unnecessary pressure and sabotaging someone’s work or their ability to complete their work.
At ProTrain it is made known that in the event that a person considers that he or she has been or is being harassed, this person should be encouraged to inform the other party that their behaviour is objectionable and should not be continued, provided they are comfortable with confronting the offender. In instances where the person is not comfortable discussing the matter with the offending party, a trainer or other ProTrain staff member should be informed of the situation. In this case it becomes the responsibility of the relevant staff member to follow ProTrain policy and procedures to rectify the situation.
The following principles and processes are implemented by ProTrain to achieve a working and learning environment that is free from harassment and discrimination:
- It is the right of all staff and students to work and study in an environment free of any form of harassment and discrimination
- All reports of harassment and discrimination will be treated seriously, in an unbiased, respectful and sensitive manner. Any form of harassment and discrimination is considered unacceptable behaviour and will not be tolerated by ProTrain
- When ProTrain management is informed of any event involving harassment or discrimination, it is their responsibility to take immediate and appropriate action to address it
- In dealing with all complaints, the rights of all individuals involved should be respected and confidentiality should be maintained
- It is the intention of ProTrain management that a process of discussion, cooperation and conciliation will resolve all complaints. The aim is to achieve an acceptable outcome for the involved parties while minimising any potential damage to the organisation
- Both the person making the complaint and the person against whom the complaint has been made will receive information, support and assistance in resolving the issue from ProTrain management
- Victimisation is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. No person making a complaint or assisting in the investigation of a complaint should be victimised
- Harassment or discrimination should not be confused with legitimate comment and advice (including constructive feedback) given appropriately by management or trainers. Managers and trainers should be conscious of how they present their feedback to ensure the message is not misinterpreted
- Staff and students should not make any frivolous or malicious complaints. All staff and students are expected to participate in the complaint resolution process in confidence that the procedures are designed to ensure fair resolution.