What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment,  Discrimination and Bullying from 4 March 2024 – 10 March 2024 

Mental Health Commission Fails to Offer Psychological Safety Internally  SafeWork NSW found the state’s Mental Health Commission has breached workplace health and safety legislation over its management of bullying and other issues of the organisation’s culture.  A SafeWork NSW spokesperson said on Wednesday: “SafeWork NSW last week issued three improvement notices to the Mental Health […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 29 January 2024 – 4 February 2024

Government to Introduce New Provision Which Give Workers a Right to Disconnect The government is set to introduce a new workplace provision in the first sitting week of Parliament in 2024 which would allow workers to tell their boss to stop making unreasonable contact outside of work hours. Crossbenchers Senator Lambie and Senator Pocock have[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 6 November 2023 – 12 November 2023

Sydney Jeweller Ordered to Pay Record Amount of General Damages for Sexual Harassment This week, the Federal Court ordered a record amount of general damages in a sexual harassment case in Sydney. Justice Anna Katzmann awarded Fiona Taylor $268,233.64 in damages after she was found to have been sexually harassed by Simon Grew, owner of[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 16 October 2023 – 22 October 2023

WorkSafe Fines Court Services Victoria $380,000 for ‘Toxic’ Workplace Court Services Victoria (CSV) has been fined $379,157 and convicted this week for failing to provide and maintain a safe workplace. The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard this week that from December 2015 to September 2018, employees at the Coroners Court were “at risk from exposure to[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 4 September 2023 – 10 September 2023

WA Statistics Related to Sexual Harassment Complaints In the 2022-23 reporting year the Commission received 31 complaints of sexual harassment in employment, 24 of those were from women. In the complaints received, women told of constant sexualised comments, supervisors trying to kiss them at work functions and receiving a sexualised Secret Santa gift from a[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 3 April 2023 – 9 April 2023

Independent Review Finds Sexual Harassment in Australian Antarctic Division An independent review into the workplace culture at the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) has uncovered that 24% of female workers have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. Further, of this 24% who experienced sexual harassment, 55% occurred in Antarctica, with 80% of incidents remaining unreported. The[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 27 March 2023 – 2 April 2023

Former Victorian Magistrate ‘Sexually Harassed’ Junior Solicitor A Victorian magistrate has been stood down following allegations he sexually harassed a young solicitor in December of last year. Mr Richard Pithouse resigned on 24 March this year due to concerns made about his “in-court behaviour last September.” According to the article, the former magistrate was alleged[…..]

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 25 April – 1 May 2022

Former High Court Judge on Sexual Harassment In Law Kenneth Hayne is a former High Court judge and banking royal commissioner. He released a statement this week calling for “cultural change” in the legal profession to address the pervasive issue of sexual harassment. Mr Hayne stated his belief that the toxic culture is deterring people[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18 February to 6 March 2022

Boards Central to End Sexual Harassment On 2 March 2022, Kate Jenkins spoke to the importance of boards in preventing sexual harassment in a company. Ms Jenkins is the Sex Discrimination Commissioner. She spoke at the Australian Governance Summit, noting that only 19% of Australian companies recognised the role of the board in being central[…..]