The Queensland Police Service; How widespread systemic bullying is harming our police – a report submitted to Work Health and Safety Queensland in May 2018

In May 2018, Justice 4 Workers Qld forwarded a lengthy complaint to Work Health and Safety Queensland (WHSQ), regarding the practices of the Queensland Police Service. The complaint highlighted that the organisation was breaching it’s duty of care, risk management obligations, and due diligence obligations as legislated in the Work Health and Safety Act 2011 (Qld). The complaint was primarily focused on risks to psychological health and safety, including bullying and police suicide/suicide attempts. 

Based on this complaint, WHSQ commenced a review into the practices of the Queensland Police Service, which is being overviewed by Mr. Simon Blackwood – Deputy Director-General of the Office of Industrial Relations.  

It is now over 12 months since that complaint was lodged, and therefore I  felt it was time to share the redacted version of the 130+ page submission originally forwarded to WHSQ.  The original complaint included a number of statements from police, which have all been removed from this document for confidentiality reasons. A list of over 42 witnesses who were happy to provide statements was also provided.  To date, they have not been contacted.

Although you don’t always see what is being done behind the scenes, rest assured that Justice 4 Workers has been working tirelessly to ensure that the QPS improves it’s culture, processes, and risk management strategies, and ultimately reduces risks to psychological health and safety of sworn and unsworn members.