What’s Been Happening in Australia in Relation to Sexual Harassment, Discrimination and Bullying from 29 August – 4 September 2022

Poor Management: The Biggest Risk Factor For Workplace Bullying

The University of South Australia has released a paper titled Workplace bullying as an organisational problem: Spotlight on people management practices. The paper was led by Professor Michelle Tuckey in collaboration with colleagues from the University of Queensland and Auburn University. The researchers developed a screening tool to measure nine risk areas for workplace bullying in daily workplace practices. The findings show that management plays a major part in discouraging bullying in the workplace. The researchers analysed 342 real complaints lodged to SafeWork SA. Of these, 60% were from female employees.

What does workplace bullying look like in 2022?

The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC are commenting on workplace bullying following the release of the University of South Australia paper and report into the Australian music industry. The rise of bullying allegations in Opera Australia, Labor party, and NSW Parliament has led to speculation as to what causes bullying in workplaces. One observation is that workplace bullying is more likely to be perpetrated in organisational systems rather than by individuals. This article is a good summary of all updates on workplace bullying in the last month.

Outcomes Of The Jobs And Skills Summit

On 2 September, the Prime Minister released a media statement announcing the outcomes from the Jobs and Skills Summit. The Albanese Government has pledged 36 immediate initiatives to improve inclusivity and remove barriers to employment in Australia. In particular, more efforts are being made to remove ageism and improve access to training pathways for women, First Nations people, regional Australians and the CALD community. In particular, Age Pensioners will be able to earn an extra $4,000 annually without losing their pension.

Sexual harassment and bullying rife in the Australian music scene, review finds

The Raising Their Voices report shines a light on bullying and discrimination in the Australian music industry. The report includes statistics on harassment and sexualised harm. Over 1,600 people participated in the research process, which cost $500,000. A major finding was that people were more likely to put up with the unacceptable behaviour because there is a strong sense of job insecurity in music. Only 3% report the abusive incidents. Over 50% of people working in the music industry have experienced sexual harassment or harm in the workplace. Of these people, 72% were women. The treatment of women was described as “unacceptable and distressing”.

A More Streamlined Act for A Modern WA

The Equal Opportunity Commission released a media statement stating its intentions to be an advocate for anti-discrimination. It announced that the Commission is working towards drafting an Act that properly reflects the current WA community. The statement welcomes the Attorney General’s announcement that it is committing to reforms to prevent sexual harassment and discrimination in Australian workplaces. In particular, the Commission welcomed the Enough is Enough report and its recommendations.