What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 8 January 2024 – 14 January 2024

Gender Pay Data on Private Sector Employers Soon to Be Made Public On 27 February this year, the Workforce Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) will release the first set of private sector employer gender pay gap data. The collected data will cover reporting from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023. The information will include median […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 2 October 2023 – 8 October 2023

Disability Services Minda Incorporated Fined $42,000 Following Sexual Assault of Worker SafeWork South Australia (SA) announced this week that Minda Incorporated (‘Minda’) was fined $42,000 after a worker was sexually and physically assaulted by a youth in their care. The investigation conducted by SafeWork SA found that Minda had “failed to provide a safe system[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 24 July 2023 – 30 July 2023

Western Australian Government Launches ‘Zero Tolerance’ Project The State Government has granted $100,000 to the Multicultural Services Centre of Western Australia (MSCWA) to deliver a Zero Tolerance program. The program is designed to promote “safe, respectful and inclusive workplaces for culturally and linguistically diverse women.” According to the article, the program will include training that[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 19 June 2023 – 25 June 2023

David Van Refuses to Resign from Politics Following Sexual Harassment Accusations Senator David Van has refused to resign from federal politics this week following accusations of sexual harassment. According to the article, while Van has refused to resign, he has decided to take leave “for health reasons” and will therefore not be present for the[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 30 January 2023 – 5 February 2023

Teal Member of Parliament Faces Federal Court Following Employee Allegations Teal MP Monique Ryan has been taken to court by activist and current employee Sally Rugg. Ryan attempted to dismiss Rugg only six months after her employment in her position as chief of staff as Rugg “refused to work ‘unreasonable’ hours.” According to the Fair[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 28 November – 4 December 2022

Respect at Work Bill Passed • The Government announced the passage of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (‘the Bill’) through Parliament. The Bill has now passed through both house of Parliament and is awaiting Royal Assent. The key amendments are • Positive duty: The introduction of a positive[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 31 October – 6 November 2022

Employers To Be Named for Flouting New Sexual Harassment Laws Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus has announced that employers who do not meet the new laws to prevent sexual harassment will be named by Australia’s new human rights watchdog. The new national law introduces a positive duty for employers to prevent harassment. This is the recent move[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 3 – 9 October 2022

‘Punch Her In The …’: Filthy Police Threat Exposed At Inquiry It has been revealed that senior policemen in the Queensland Police helped each other hide sexual assault incidents on junior female officers. The conspiracy came to light during an inquiry into police culture that was made before Judge Deborah Richards. The inquiry focused on[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 13 – 19 June 2022

Australia: Is Rejecting a Working From Home Request Bullying? In a recent application to the Fair Work Commission, it was concluded that rejecting a working from home request did not amount to bullying. In Application by Dr Veronica Hampson [2022] FWC 935, the Commission found that the supervisor had received advice that the employee was[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 2 – 8 May 2022

Female Football Umpires Abused, Harassed, Forced To Change In Front Of Male Colleagues, Report Finds The Australian Football League (AFL) issued a formal apology to female and non-binary umpires after a report was released revealing a pattern of sexual harassment. The acting chief executive, Kylie Rogers, encourages anyone who experiences sexism or harassment to report[…..]