What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 23 – 29 May 2022

New Laws Would Require Employers to Actively Prevent Sex Harassment

During the election campaign, Labor committed to implementing legislation that will ratify the 55 recommendations made by Kate Jenkins in the Respect@Work report regarding sexual harassment prevention. Labor is set to amend the Sex Discrimination Act to uphold its election promise. One of the key changes would be mandatory staff training on sexual harassment and prevention strategies.

Indigenous Australians Hold Just 0.7pc Of Exec Jobs: Landmark Report

The Indigenous Employment Index was released by the Minderoo Foundation, revealing that less than 0.7 percent of senior and management roles are held by Indigenous people. Minderoo surveyed 42 different Australian organisations when conducting the research. These organisations employ more than 700,000 people across the country. More than half of the Indigenous interviewees also reported racism in the workplace. Spokespeople from Minderoo have said that the findings are not surprising and represent that racism is still alive and well in Australia workplaces.

Centre Against Sexual Assault ‘Struggling to Respond’ To Growing Demand In Victoria As Wait Times Climb

The head of Victoria’s Centre Against Sexual Assault, Kate Wright, said waiting times have doubled during the pandemic for access to specialist therapeutic services. These wait times can last several months given increased demand for the services. She said that 58 of the people on the current waiting list are under 18. The chief executive officer of Sexual Assault Services Victoria, Kathleen Maltzahn, said these waits are too long when these services need to be accessible for survivors of sexual assault. Access to these services is essential for survivors to be supported in their employment and other fundamental issues.

Citipointe Christian College Referred to Human Rights Commission Over Anti-LGBTIQ+ Contracts

Citipointe Christian College in Queensland, received backlash after it was revealed that staff were required to sign contracts that contained homophobic inferences. The contracts compared homosexuality to beastiality. In a recent update, the employment contract has been referred to the Human Rights Commission.

Football Australia: Soccer Abuse Claims Handed To Police

In October 2021, Matildas player Lisa de Vanna made public claims that she had suffered sexual harassment and bullying during her soccer career. The sport watchdog, Sport Integrity Australia, is currently investigating two of the complaints. It has now referred three cases to the police regarding de Vanna’s allegations.