The true (financial) costs of workplace violence in Australia

Allison Ballard, Doris Bozin

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There is a need to determine the contemporary financial costs of workplace violence to the Australian economy. Since 2001, this intractable and typically gendered workplace problem has been viewed through a mythical lens which suggests it costs Australia between $6–36 billion every year. For over two decades, this estimate has been touted as an immutable source of truth. Accurate and realistic costings could support better policy and regulatory approaches to the prevention and effective management of workplace violence while also protecting those vulnerable members of our community who are most at risk of ongoing harm on account of workplace violence.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)191-196
Number of pages6
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Issue number3
Early online date17 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2023


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