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 28 August 2023 – 3 September 2023

Fortescue Metal Groups Dismisses 60 Workers for Bullying, Sexual Harassment and Workplace Misconduct Fortescue Metals Group (FMG) has dismissed approximately sixty workers in relation to bullying, sexual harassment and workplace misconduct over the last financial year. According to FMG’s sustainability report released on Monday, 160 potential code breaches were investigated. 67 of the potential breaches[…..]

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

Western Australian Summit Held Next Month After Resources Sector Sexual Misconduct A new summit will be held next month in Perth to address the workplace culture within the Western Australian resources sector. The summit will take place following a recent #MeToo movement across the industry. According to the article, former sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins[…..]

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 6 February 2023 – 12 February 2023

Parliament Releases New Code of Conduct to Improve Workplace Safety The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released a statement this week in support of the introduction of a code of conduct at Parliament House. The endorsed code of conduct creates a standard of behaviour for “all parliamentarians and staffers.” Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 10 October – 16 October 2022

Going Green for Mental Health On 14 October, staff at the WA Equal Opportunity Commission wore green for mental health awareness. The Commissioner, Dr John Byrne, issued a statement, saying that mental health makes up around 30% of impairment complaints at the Commission. He said that raising awareness on mental health and psychosocial disabilities is[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 18-24 July 2022

Is Your Workplace Ready to Protect Against Psychosocial Hazards? The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations in Victoria are expected to come into effect in July 2022. It will introduce new definitions relating to ‘psychosocial hazards’. This will be defined to mean “any factor or factors… that may arise in the working environment and may cause[…..]

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 18-24 October 2021

WA Labor to Introduce New Legislation to Address Workplace Bullying and Sexual Harassment On 20 October 2021, the McGowan Government announced it was introducing the Industrial Relations Legislation Amendment Bill 2021 to improve employment protections. Among the changes is a new framework to address bullying and sexual harassment. The Bill will allow the WA Industrial[…..]