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Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

Discrimination Sex Discrimination
Parliament House, Canberra

The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting an Independent Review (Review) into the workplaces of Commonwealth Parliamentarians and their staff, established by the Federal Government with the support of the Opposition and crossbench.

The Review will build an understanding of the culture of the Parliamentary workplaces, with the aim of building a safe and respectful workplace in which all staff have access to clear and effective mechanisms to prevent and address bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

The Commission encourages Parliament House current and former staff members and Members of Parliament to share their experiences with the Review through a confidential written submission or interview. More information about engaging with the Review will be made available on this webpage soon. 

The Commission will not be investigating nor making findings about individual allegations of bullying, sexual harassment or sexual assault as part of the Review. 

The Commission will report on its findings and recommendations in a report to be tabled in Parliament in November 2021. The report will be published on this website at that time.

Commencement of the Review

The Review is currently being established, and the Commission is seeking approval from an independent human research ethics committee to ensure that participation is safe, victim/survivor-centred and trauma informed. Details of how to make a written submission or participate in a confidential interview with the Review team will be available on this page soon.

Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference outline the scope of the Review in more detail. 

Download in PDF

Updates on the Review

Updates on the Review will be published on the Commission website. You can register your interest in the Review at CPWReview@humanrights.gov.au.

Further information on the Review

Further information about the Review is available here.

If you need mental health support or counselling

Support line for Commonwealth parliamentary staff

Parliamentary Support Line: 1800 APH SPT or 1800 274 778

The Commonwealth Government has established an independent and confidential 24/7 telephone service to support all current and former Commonwealth ministerial, parliamentary and electorate office staff. The Parliamentary Support Line provides access to confidential trauma-informed counselling services for people who have experienced a serious incident in a Commonwealth parliamentary workplace.

As well as counselling, the service can provide supported referrals to other specialist services, and assistance in determining pathways to progress complaints.

If your situation is urgent

If you wish to report a criminal offence, contact 000 or police services in your jurisdiction.

Lifeline Australia 13 11 14
A crisis support service offering short term support at any time for people who are having difficulty coping or staying safe.
www.lifeline.org.au

Other services:

1800 Respect
A 24/7 confidential counselling, information and support for people impacted by sexual assault or family or domestic violence. Phone 1800 RESPECT or 1800 737 732 or visit 1800Respect online counselling.

MensLine
A professional telephone and online support and information service for Australian men. Phone 1300 789 978 or visit Mensline online counselling 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sexual assault support services

Details for sexual assault support services in each state and territory can be found here.