Polley to meet with Comcare inspectors

TASMANIAN senator Helen Polley will meet with inspectors from the Commonwealth health and safety body today as part of an ongoing review after her office was declared an "unhealthy" workplace for some staff earlier this year.

Comcare inspectors will also meet with three current and former staff members who had their claims for bullying and harassment against Senator Polley approved.

A report on the Comcare inquiry, obtained by The Examiner, found there were "gaps and deficiencies" in the implementation of workplace health and safety and anti-bullying policies at Senator Polley's office, and that an "unhealthy workplace culture" had an adverse impact on the morale, health and wellbeing of some staff.

It made seven recommendations specific to Senator Polley's office, including: developing an action plan to identify appropriate staff training courses, including bullying and harassment training and mental health awareness; developing clear duty statements for each staff member; displaying human resources contact details in the office; developing an issues resolution process; and workplace health and safety induction training for new staff.

Senator Polley told The Examiner last week that she had an ongoing engagement with Comcare and was implementing the recommendations.

"I am completely committed to fostering a healthy and productive workplace environment for my staff," she said.

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