The Tenement and Building Society of Australia (TBUA) has launched a major campaign to raise awareness of bullying and to encourage people to report abuse.
A billboard campaign will run in major locations including Melbourne and Sydney in the coming weeks.
The billboard campaign comes after a national survey found more than one in five people in Australia have experienced physical or verbal abuse at some point in their lives.
In its response to the survey, TBUA said it is the first national survey to examine bullying and violence in the building sector and that bullying and other forms of bullying can occur anywhere.
“In 2017, nearly 70 per cent of the 10,000 respondents said they had experienced bullying, and one in four (24 per cent) had experienced violence, both of which can cause lasting harm to a person,” the TBUAs response said.
“Bullying is a very serious issue for all Australians and the TSB recommends that we all act to prevent bullying and abuse.”
Bullying was the number one cause of harm in the 2017 survey, which found 41 per cent respondents had experienced physical and verbal abuse in the 10 months to December.
Bullying has been identified as one of the major barriers to building in Australia, with an estimated 15,000 buildings in Australia affected by it, according to TBU’s submission.
Bullies were responsible for an estimated 17,000 injuries, costing Australia $4.6 billion to $7.2 billion in lost productivity, according the TAB report.TBUAs campaign will target the media, the public, government and business owners to highlight the problems.
The campaign also includes a free service for people who feel bullied or have experienced bullying.
“If you or someone you know is experiencing bullying or has experienced bullying or is suffering from it, we want to hear from you,” TBU said.
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