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 31 July 2023 – 6 August 2023

Landmark Report from Board of Inquiry into Bruce Lehrmann Trial Leaked A leaked report from the inquiry into the trial of Bruce Lehrmann has found that the prosecution was properly brought against Mr Lehrmann. However, the report has made findings against the Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold. According to the article, sources have confirmed[…..]

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 8 May 2023 – 14 May 2023

Former Chief Staffer Sally Rugg Settles Lawsuit Against Monique Ryan Former Chief of Staff Sally Rugg has agreed to a $100,000 settlement in relation to her lawsuit against MP Monique Ryan. The settlement includes no admission by Ryan or by the federal government. The case commenced this year in the federal court by Sally Rugg,[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 21 – 27 March 2022

New Targeted Campaign and Support to Help People With Disability Land Jobs On 21 March 2022, the Department of Social Services announced a national employment campaign to promote disability inclusivity. The campaign will engage more than 100,000 people with disability in big Australian businesses. The Minister for Families and Social Services, Anne Ruston, said that[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 21 – 27 February 2022

Office Laptop Complaint Relating to Office To Queensland’s Integrity Commissioner Still Under Investigation The Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) of Queensland confirmed that it is investigating complaints against the Integrity Commissioner relating to an office laptop. The CCC has received 10 complaints about the Integrity Commissioner, Nikola Stepanov, and her office since October 2020. One[…..]

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

‘Rude And Disruptive’ Employee Loses Bullying Claim An employee’s recent application for unfair dismissal based on bullying allegations was dismissed on the basis that his manager’s behaviour constituted reasonable management action. The employee was an account manager tasked to manage business customers. He was subject to performance indicators, including a target number of calls to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 20 – 26 December 2021

Senior APS Managers Encouraged to Attend Sexual Harassment Prevention Workshops This week, the work health and safety regulator for the federal government encouraged senior public servants to participate in sexual harassment training. The recommendation came after the Australian Public Service (APS) Commission released its State of Service report. The report showed that sexual harassment had[…..]

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 – 27 June 2021

Respect@Work Recommendations to be Implemented in New Bill Introduced in Parliament A bill to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth) has been introduced into the Senate. The bill implements some of the recommendations from the Respect@Work report, and intends[…..]