Bullying costs $6-$36 billion a year

THE Federal Government has launched an inquiry into workplace bullying.

Productivity Commission estimates put the total cost of workplace bullying at between $6 billion and $36 billion annually.

Workplace Relations Minister Bill Shorten has asked the House of Representatives Education and Employment Committee to investigate all forms of bullying in Australian workplaces.

The inquiry will examine the nature, causes and extent of workplace bullying and consider proposals to address bullying cultures and prevent their development in the workplace.

The review will also consider schemes to support individuals who have been affected by bullying in their return to work.

Committee chair Amanda Risworth said members were eager to hear about the perspectives and experiences of employees, parents and guardians of young employees and employers.

"Bullying has serious consequences for individuals and the wider community.

"Every Australian has a right to feel safe and respected at work," the Labor MP said.

Submissions to the committee close on June 29.