BULLIES in workplaces will face jail when the state introduces laws to criminalise bullying.
Commercial law firm Kelly & Co believes it is "only a matter of time" before legislation is introduced in South Australia to deem workplace bullying illegal.
Legislation introduced in the Victorian Parliament on April 5 means workers found guilty of bullying face up to 10 years in jail.
It followed the case of a 19-year-old Melbourne woman who committed suicide after being bullied by co-workers and her boss at a lunch bar.
The employer was fined $220,000 under occupational health and safety legislation, with four co-workers also each fined between $10,000 and $45,000.
Kelly & Co partner and workplace relations lawyer Clare Raimondo said that workplace bullies were on "borrowed time".
"There's a groundswell of support to stamp out workplace bullying in SA," Ms Raimondo said.
A spokesman for Industrial Relations minister Pat Conlon said the Government would follow the progress of the Victorian legislation "with interest".
He said it already had introduced a Bill to Parliament in which the maximum penalty for an offence such as proven recklessness included five years imprisonment.