What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18-24 October 2021

WA Labor to Introduce New Legislation to Address Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment On 20 October 2021, the McGowan Government announced it was introducing the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to improve employment protections. Among the changes is a new framework to address bullying and sexual harassment. The Bill will allow the WA Industrial […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 – 10 October

AFP Officer Not Double Dipping Ms Friend was employed by the Australian Federal Police since 2006. In late 2013, she was diagnosed with severe depression, anxiety and PTSD. In 2014, she submitted a worker’s compensation claim for gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome and a psychological condition she attributed to prolonged harassment and bullying from her supervisor.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 13 – 19 September

New Sex Discrimination Act Leaves Volunteers Behind Pro Bono Australia has said that new changes to the Sex Discrimination Act may leave volunteers behind. While some volunteers and unpaid workers will be covered by federal legal protection against sexual harassment, the rules do not apply to volunteer run organisations. The term ‘employee’ has been replaced[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 19 – 25 July

Companies Must Have a Duty to Eliminate Sexual Harassment: Kate Jenkins The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has called on the government to impose a positive duty on employers to take reasonable steps to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace. The interim report on the inquiry into Parliament House culture urged the government to implement[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 – 20 June

ASX 200 Failing on Harassment A new survey conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission on behalf of investment group, Australian Council of Superannuation Investors, has found only 19 per cent of ASX 200 companies believe the board was primarily responsible for writing of policies governing sexual harassment and responses to these issues, with the[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 – 23 May 2021

Commonwealth Parliamentary Review Now Open for Submissions And Interviews The Australian Human Rights Commission has begun inviting contributions to its Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. The Review will consider the workplace culture of Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces and will deliver its findings in November 2021. The Commission is welcoming contributions from people who work or[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 31 January 2021 – 7 February 2021

Preventing Workplace Sexual Harassment, Violence and Aggression New national work health and safety guidance has been developed by Safe Work Australia to help businesses prevent workplace sexual harassment, violence and aggression. These new guidelines are a response to The Australian Human Rights Commission’s report on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, which highlighted its prevalence, and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18 January 2021 – 24 January 2021

Sexual Harassment Claims by ‘More Feminine’ Women Believed More Often than Less Feminine Women! A new study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that perceptions of a woman’s femininity and attractiveness influence whether claims of sexual harassment are believed. The study found that ‘prototypical’ women who appear and act more feminine[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 October 2020 – 18 October 2020

Allianz Report Shows Psychological WC Claims Increased by 80% Since 2017 A report by Allianz has found that the cost of psychological workers compensation claims has increased by 80% since 2017. The Allianz Future Thriving Workplaces report found that the behaviours employees claim most negatively influenced their mental health are: • Ineffective or unfair management[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 24 August 2020 – 30 August 2020

Gymnastics Australia Inquiry Set to Reveal Spectrum of Abuse Allegations The Human Rights Commission is conducting an independent review into Gymnastics Australia. The review follows the ‘Athlete A’ documentary, which exposed systemic instances of sexual abuse within the sport across the United States. The documentary saw dozens of Australian gymnasts to speak up about their[…..]