What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 6 – 12 December 2021

MP Hails Action on Assaults Deputy Liberal leader, Libby Mettam, has spoken out on the sexual harassment within the mining sector. She said she is happy that Bill Johnston, Mines Minister, has instructed his department to “do their job”. This comes after his office attempted to minimise rape allegations. Secret emails sent from Mr Johnston’s […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 6 – 12 September

Unfair Dismissal for Harassing Customer: Bridge v Globe Bottleshops [2011] FWC 3253 The applicant was dismissed by their employer for serious misconduct involving harassment in breach of the respondent’s safe workplace policy following a customer complaint. The customer alleged that the applicant made comments of a sexual nature towards her. The respondent decided to dismiss[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 July – 1 Aug

Performance Management was not Bullying: No Constructive Dismissal due to Resignation The Fair Work Commission has dismissed an application by an employee alleging that performance improvement plan and warning letters amounted to bullying. Christopher Burgess applied to the Commission under s394 of the Fair Work Act for an unfair dismissal remedy in relation to Optus.[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 31 May – 6 June

Foster Review Finds Incidents Reporting Systems Deficient The Foster Review into parliamentary workplaces has found its processes are not designed or able to appropriately deal with bullying, assault or sexual assault. The review, conducted by deputy secretary of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Stephanie Foster, found 76 complaints across four years were made[…..]

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 28 December 2020 – 3 January 2021

ACT Law Society Created Specific System for Sexual Harassment Complaints On advice from a working group set up in the wake of the Dyson Heydon scandal, the ACT Law Society has committed to establishing a system specifically for sexual harassment complaints within the legal profession. The system will connect ACT legal practitioners with a confidant[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 9 November 2020 – 15 November 2020

ABC Exposes Christian Porter and Alan Tudge’s Inappropriate Behaviour An ABC’s Four Corners report has exposed the bedroom misdeeds of Australia’s Attorney-General Christian Porter and Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge. The program exposed that Tudge engaged in an extramarital affair with his press secretary and Porter allegedly engaged in a pattern of sleazy behaviour dating[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 19 October 2020 – 25 October 2020

Adult Cyber Abuse Increased by 87% since COVID-19 Since COVID-19, Australia has experienced an 87% increase in adult cyber abuse reports, compared to the 2019 average. A significant number complaints involve ‘being sent unwanted messages, receiving inappropriate content such as pornography or violent content, or being electronically tracked without consent. Federation University Australia senior cyber[…..]

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 30 March 2020 – 5 April 2020

Australian Human Rights Commission Releases Respect@Work Report The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has recently released the Respect@Work report – an analysis of sexual harassment in the workplace. Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, remarking on the report’s findings, said it was ‘deeply disappointing’ Australia still had major changes to make. Special counsel for Shine Lawyers,[…..]