What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 13 November 2023 – 19 November 2023

Cost Reforms Introduced to Better Protect Applicants in Discrimination Matters On Wednesday this week, the Albanese Government introduced the Australian Human Rights Commission Amendment (Costs Protection) Bill 2023. The bill would implement the Government’s response to Recommendation 25 of the Respect@Work report. The report had previously found that applicants were “often deterred from proceeding to […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 September 2023 – 17 September 2023

Victorian Nurse Suspended for Sexually Harassing Colleagues A Victorian male nurse was suspended this week for a period of 8 months after sexually harassing female colleagues. Stephan Harris was found by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT) to have sexually harassed four women between 2015 and 2019 at a rural hospital. It was alleged[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 7 August 2023 – 13 August 2023

South Australian Barbershop Applies for Exemption from Equal Opportunity Act A barbershop based in Adelaide has applied for an exemption under the Equal Opportunity Act to prevent women from entering the company’s premises. According to the article, the barbershop aims to provide clients with a “male sanctuary,” claiming that it is “Adelaide’s only male only[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 June 2023 – 2 July 2023

Legal Practice Board of Western Australia Launches ‘Speak Safely’ for Legal Professionals The Legal Practice Board of Western Australia has released a new online tool for legal professionals to report instances of harassment and inappropriate behaviour within workplaces. According to the article, the new “Speak Safely” program provides an anonymous online portal for legal practitioners[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 12 June 2023 – 18 June 2023

Transgender Guidelines in High-Performance Australian Sport Released The Australian Sports Commission (ASC) has released its inclusion of transgender and gender diverse guidelines for high performing athletes this week. The guidelines serve as a reminder for sport’s governing authorities to obey Australian law and promote a “spirit of inclusion.” According to the article, the new guidelines[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 22 May 2023 – 28 May 2023

Specialist Detectives Commence Investigation into Alleged Sexual Assault at Mine Site Perth specialist detectives from the sex assault squad have taken carriage of the investigation into the alleged sexual assault at the Roy Hill mine site in Newman. The alleged assault occurred on Friday last week at the Roy Hill Mine Village. The report involved[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 15 May 2023 – 21 May 2023

Former FIFO Worker Found Guilty of Raping Colleague at BHP Mine Site Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker Ryan Zabaznow was found guilty this week of raping a co-worker at a regional mine site in Western Australia. The case was highly publicised amongst several allegations of sexual harassment in the mining sector. Zabaznow was accused of sexually[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 1 May 2023 – 7 May 2023

Survey Finds 4 out of 10 Workers Bullied in South Australian Local Government A recent survey by the Australian Services Union (ASU) has found that almost 1 in 2 South Australian local government workers have experienced workplace bullying. According to the article, of the 385 local government workers surveyed, 45% of respondents had witnessed bullying[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 10 April 2023 – 16 April 2023

Victorian Government Faces Criticism Over Bullying and Harassment Reforms to WorkCover The Victorian government has faced criticism this week following its announcement to reform WorkCover through the exclusion of workplace bullying and harassment in mental injury claims. The government previously stated last month that WorkCover was “fundamentally broken” and “unsustainable due to the ballooning costs[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 – 23 October 2022

Is A ‘Neutral’ Workplace Dress Code Discriminatory? Australian commentators have been interested in the recent European Court of Justice decision where a neutral dress code at a workplace was not ruled as direct or indirect discrimination based on religion or belief. The case concerned a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf who was denied interviewing for[…..]