CASE STUDY: Was it Bullying??
An SES Band 1 was accused of bullying a colleague, however the colleagues complaint referred to an issue 2 years earlier. The Senior Manager believed he had a good working relationship with his colleague, there had been no current problems and he was unaware of the complaint until he was notified of a Code of Conduct investigation.
Craig investigated the matter under the auspices of the S13 (1) of the APS Code of Conduct (an APS employee must treat everyone with respect and courtesy).
After thorough investigation, including raising a letter of allegation and orally interviewing the complainant, witnesses and respondents (with transcripts), the allegation was found to be unsubstantiated. Craig ascertained the complaint had been raised to boost the colleagues chances of a promotion, of which they had both been found to be suitable candidates.