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Conflicts and Personal Relationships in the Workplace Policy

Version 1.0 Updated 22 Jun 2021
Policy Manage

Who can use this policy?

This policy can be used by all employers.


This policy assists employers and agents, contractors (including temporary contractors), consultants, volunteers and board members (referred to as ‘workplace participants’) to understand the appropriate standards of behaviour when managing their “personal relationships” in the workplace.

Personal relationships can include dating, romantic relationships, close relationships, friendships and members of the workplace participant’s household.

The policy outlines the obligations of workplace participants in relation to identifying, declaring and managing conflicts of interest in relation to personal relationships and provides solutions to manage those issues if they arise in the workplace.

Further information

Further information on how to use this policy can be found at the 'How to use these policies' link on the Policies page of the Workplace website.

Important note to subscribers 

The commentaries and documents in Workplace are updated as necessary, to keep them relevant. You should familiarise yourself with the relevant commentary each time you create a document. 

This document has been drafted to suit a wide variety of businesses, with a number of options available to enable you to customise the document to better suit your business. Nevertheless, you may need to make other changes to the document so that it suits the specific needs of your business. If you make additional changes, we cannot guarantee that the changes and modifications you make to the document will be legally compliant or enforceable. 

This commentary and any additional information provided to assist you in creating this document, does not constitute legal advice. 

If you are unsure about any aspect of this document (including the changes or amendments you make to it), you should seek appropriate advice from a lawyer, skilled in these issues. You may also wish to consider contacting Australian Business Lawyers & Advisors for targeted advice on your business’s specific needs.

You should consult with your financial advisor in relation to any relevant taxation or financial issues concerning the document you create. 

After creating this document, you should read through it carefully to make sure it meets your business needs and is consistent with other industrial instruments, policies and procedures which operate in your workplace. This commentary is not designed to be provided to employees or other workplace participants.

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