Pearce investigation update

The Staff Association has met with CSIRO management to discuss the outcomes of the first phase of the Pearce investigation.

The first phase of the independent investigation – conducted by Emeritus Professor Dennis Pearce AO – has made 34 recommendations to the CSIRO to tackle bullying and harassment in the workplace.


The Staff Association welcomed the report and called on CSIRO management to implement all of the recommendations.

The key themes identified by the report are:

  • CSIRO is not a toxic workplace but that there are pockets of concern and “hotspots” that need to be addressed
  • There needs to be a shift in CSIRO’s approach from dealing with workplace bullying as an individual victim’s problem to dealing with it as the organisation’s problem
  • Factors such as the matrix operating model, the process for staff allocation to projects, funding pressures, performance management and redundancy processes involve stressors which contribute to poor behaviour.

CSIRO has committed to implement all 34 recommendations of the report and has agreed to fortnightly meetings with the Staff Association to monitor progress and provide input.

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