What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 11 March 2024 – 17 March 2024

Custody Officer at a Justice Complex Unfairly Dismissed The Fair Work Commission heard an unfair dismissal case in relation to a worker who was dismissed from his position as a custody officer at a justice complex (court). The worker was involved in an incident with a Person in Custody (PIC), during which the worker head-butted […]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 25 December 2023 – 31 December 2023

New South Wales Mental Health Commission Allegedly Has ‘Toxic Workplace Culture’ The New South Wales Mental Health Commission, which is responsible for improving the state’s mental health and wellbeing, is facing a “disastrous” employee survey which revealed that it is “one of the unhappiest workplaces in the public service.” The workplace culture involves bullying and[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 9 October 2023 – 15 October 2023

Lawyers and Barristers Placed on Notice in Relation to Sexual Harassment The watchdog for the legal profession has warned that barristers and solicitors may face disbarment or losing their right to practice if they fail to take adequate steps to prevent sexual harassment or discrimination of their staff. Practitioners will be closely watched as to[…..]

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 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 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 29 May 2023 – 4 June 2023

One in Five Trainee Doctors in South Australia Bullied or Harassed The Australia Medical Association (AMA) South Australia has stated this week that bullying is a significant issue faced by junior doctors in the healthcare sector. According to AMA SA, the issue of bullying is pervasive and can have a detrimental effect on the mental[…..]

What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 15 May 2023 – 21 May 2023

Former FIFO Worker Found Guilty of Raping Colleague at BHP Mine Site Fly-in fly-out (FIFO) worker Ryan Zabaznow was found guilty this week of raping a co-worker at a regional mine site in Western Australia. The case was highly publicised amongst several allegations of sexual harassment in the mining sector. Zabaznow was accused of sexually[…..]

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 5 – 11 December 2022

Workplace Sexual Harassment Rates Aren’t Getting Better. How Do We Make It Stop? The Australian Human Rights Commission’s new survey reveals that 89% of women, 64% of men and 99% of non-binary people have been harassed at work. The Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, is once again calling on employers to better address this issue.[…..]