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Australian Sexual Harassment Landscape to Change

In mid-March 2021, amendments were sought to the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) (SD Act) by independent member Ms Zali Steggall OAM introducing the Sex Discrimination Amendment (Prohibiting All Sexual Harassment) Bill (Bill). If passed, the Bill will address some of the shortcomings in the SD Act which were initially highlighted by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s report ‘Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces (Report) in March 2020.

In summary, one of the shortcomings that has been identified is the limited utility of the SD Act as it does … Continue Reading

Workplace sexual harassment: New WHS guidance materials

The focus on sexual harassment in the workplace, particularly as a risk to the psychological health of employees, has continued in 2021.

Australian Human Rights Commission report into workplace sexual harassment

The Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces published in March 2020 (Respect@Work Report), found that whilst the Model Work Health and Safety Laws impose a positive duty on employers to eliminate or manage hazards and risks to workers’ health there is no express prohibition on sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Report made 55 recommendations, including that the Model WHS Regulation be amended … Continue Reading

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