What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 20 November 2023 – 26 November 2023

AHRC Hosts Positive Duty Webinar It’s only two weeks out from when the powers of the AHRC and their positive duty are live on the 12th December 2023. This webinar hosted by the AHRC is a great opportunity to hear what powers the Commission have, how they will use them and how a workplace can […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 17 July 2023 – 23 July 2023

NSW Anti-Discrimination Act Referred to NSW Law Reform Commission Attorney-General Michael Daley has stated this week that he has referred the NSW’s Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to the NSW Law Reform Commission following increased pressure from civil liberty groups. The legislation will be reviewed to determine whether the discrimination laws made in 1977 remain “fit for[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 26 September – 2 October 2022

Onus On Employers To Eliminate Sexual Misconduct The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 was introduced at Federal Parliament on 27 September. The Bill will implement recommendations 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 25 and 43 of the Respect@Work report. The Bill will make employers responsible for preventing sexual harassment and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 16 – 22 May 2022

Sexual Harassment Complaints Up By 25pc, Says Kate Jenkins Sex discrimination commissioner, Kate Jenkins, has warned employers to “get their house in order” to address sexual harassment as employees return to work. Harassment complaints have risen to 25 per cent since the beginning of the pandemic. Kate Jenkins also said that the Australia Human Rights[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 – 10 April 2022

Australia’s First National Domestic, Family And Sexual Violence Commissioner On 8 April 2022, the Minister for Women’s Safety announced the first Australian National Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence Commissioner will be Catherine Fitzpatrick. This new role is being created under the new budget to address women’s issues in Australia. The Coalition is pledging $22.4 million[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 8-14 November 2021

Workers Can Now Apply For ‘Stop Orders’ for Sexual Harassment On 11 November 2021, changes to the Fair Work Act 2009 came into effect. The changes allow for employees to apply to the Fair Work Commission for an order to stop sexual harassment occurring in the workplace. The idea of a ‘stop order’ was suggested[…..]

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 21 -28 March 2021

Images Show Senior Government Staff Performing Sex Acts at Parliament House A Liberal staffer has been sacked after a leak of images and videos of male senior government staff performing sex acts in Parliament House. The Prime Minister said it was “not good enough” and “totally unacceptable” after the graphic images and videos of staff[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 14 – 21 March 2021

Australia Marches Against Sexual Assault and Harassment of women Tens of thousands of people have turned out to marches across Australia, protesting against the sexual abuse and harassment of women in the country. They were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual assault, centred around Australia’s parliament. Protesters feel the government’s response to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 January 2021 – 17 January 2021

Sexual Harassment Claim Lodged in the Federal Court Against IOOF A former executive of wealth manager IOOF has accused the deputy chief investment officer and head of equities, Stanley Ye, of sexual harassment. In pleadings lodged with the Federal Court last month, the female executive alleged that Mr Yeo sexually harassed her on three occasions,[…..]