Reporting Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour
The University now has an independent and confidential reporting service in place for staff and students to report inappropriate behaviour.
There is free and confidential support available to assist you
The purpose of the university's reporting service is to provide a channel for staff and students to discuss inappropriate employee behaviour: discrimination; sexual harassment; harassment; sexual assault; bullying; stalking; victimisation, or vilification, which is behaviour contrary to the University’s Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy.
You can connect with the service via phone or online. If you are unsure about how this information is received and reported, you can review the questions you'll be asked before making a formal report. The website has information on the service, how to make a report, how the report will be handled, issues of confidentiality and a FAQ page.
Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour Line
Phone: 1800 MU LINE (1800 685 463)
Specifically, this reporting line is for employees who have experienced or witnessed:
- unlawful discrimination against other individuals based on an attribute defined in the Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy or at law;
- sexual harassment;
- sexual assault;
The Inappropriate Workplace Behaviour Line is not for issues such as theft, fraud, corrupt conduct, intellectual property breaches or other issues addressed in the Appropriate Workplace Behaviour Policy. If an employee has any concerns regarding these issues, the right course of action is outlined in the Policy.
Protecting your anonymity
The University uses the anonymous data collected through this portal for statistical purposes – to better understand the scope and nature of these behaviours within our community, and to develop, implement and evaluate preventative efforts. No personal information is collected and only members of the Safer Community Program have access to individual submissions. The collated information is published annually on the Respect Taskforce website.
By using this form you are not making a report to the University to open an investigation but it does not stop you from doing so. If you want action taken, you can formally report an incident to the University or to the police (in the case of criminal behaviours). The University actively encourages and supports the reporting of inappropriate behaviours, but acknowledges that it can be challenging and is a decision for the individual.
If you are logged into the University website please log out before you complete the form. This system cannot link IP addresses to users (and addresses are purged frequently) but we suggest you use a private browser window and/or a public computer if you have any concerns around this.
Even if you do not wish to make a formal report at this time we encourage you to contact the Safer Community Program or your Human Resources representative who can provide support, explain and explore options, and assist you with any action you decide to take. The University has a free confidential counselling service and we encourage you to contact this service on +61 3 8344 6927 or visit the Counselling website.
You can make a formal report through the following:
- Students: https://students.unimelb.edu.au/admin/complaints-and-grievances
- Staff: https://staff.unimelb.edu.au/human-resources/discrimination-harassment-and-bullying
- Confidential disclosure and reporting service: http://mustaffcontactline.com.au/
If you, or someone you know, have experienced, witnessed or received disclosures of inappropriate behaviour it can often be helpful to seek support. Here are some of the internal and external support options available. All support is non-judgemental and tailored to your needs.