12 Nov 2011

Complaint against department head partly upheld

2:30 pm on 12 November 2011

An independent investigation has partly upheld accusations against the head of the Department of Building and Housing over her treatment of a staff member.

The woman was working for the department when it is alleged chief executive Katrina Bach verbally abused and physically assaulted her.

The department says an independent investigation into the complaint, which became public earlier this year, has partly upheld some of the matters raised. But it will not say which ones.

The department says a settlement has been reached between the parties, and the employee has resigned to focus on other opportunities.

After the complaint became public, the Public Service Association said it had long-standing concerns about the culture of the department.