City of Ballarat takes action against bullying and violence
THE sixth National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence was on Friday 18 March 2016 and to show its support, the City of Ballarat hosted Damian and Rae Panlock from Brodie’s Law Foundation.
Damian and Rae established the Brodie’s Law Foundation in memory of their 19-year-old daughter Brodie who took her own life in September 2006 after being relentlessly bullied at work.
Victoria’s anti-bullying legislation, known as Brodie’s Law, commenced in June 2011 and made serious bullying a crime punishable by up to 10 years.
Brodie’s death was a tragic reminder of the serious consequences bullying can have on victims, their families and the community. Brodie’s Law aims to raise awareness of the issue of workplace bullying and help prevent it through awareness programs; public speaking; lobbying to streamline law in other states; and working together with workplaces, unions, governments and education sectors.
This is to ensure organisations are taking appropriate action to reduce the risk of bullying and create a positive culture.
The Productivity Commission estimated workplace bullying costs between $6 billion and $36 billion per year, and youth are particularly affected. The City of Ballarat initiated the information sessions to help spread the anti-bullying message in the workplace and in the community.