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New workplace sexual harassment resources: Good practice indicators for employers, and guidelines on confidentiality clauses in settlements

The Respect@Work Council has published new guidelines on the use of confidentiality clauses in settling workplace sexual harassment cases, and good practice indicators to assist organisations prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment.

Both sets of guidelines were recommended by the Australian Human Rights Commission’s Respect@Work Report and have been published on the website.

National Press Club Address: Changing Laws, Changing Behaviours, Changing Lives

Speech by Australia's National Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, to the National Press Club on 30 November, 2022.  

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Seeking Expressions of Interest for next Sex Discrimination Commissioner

The Australian Government is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified persons for appointment to the full-time statutory position of Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission.

Time for respect: One third of workers say they have experienced sexual harassment

A major survey by the Australian Human Rights Commission has found one in three workers report having experienced sexual harassment in their workplace over the past five years.

The survey found that reporting of workplace sexual harassment remains alarmingly low, at only 18%. Women (41%) were far more likely than men (26%) to experience harassment, and more than three quarters of harassers were men (77%).

Time for respect: Fifth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces


Passage of ‘Respect@Work’ Bill is a major step in preventing harassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomed the passage through Federal Parliament today of the ‘Respect at Work’ Bill – a milestone in addressing workplace sexual harassment in Australia.

The Bill creates a positive duty requiring employers to implement measures to prevent sexual harassment, sex discrimination and victimisation, and confers new regulatory powers on the Commission.

Support for workplaces to prevent and address sexual harassment

The Respect@Work Council, chaired by National Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, has launched a new website that will help employers prevent and respond to sexual harassment, and will support them to create gender inclusive, safe, and respectful workplaces.

In an Australian first, the Respect@Work website is a one-stop-shop that brings together a comprehensive set of resources for employers and workers to address sexual harassment in the workplace.

National plan to end gender-based violence must be fully resourced to achieve results


Joint statement from:

Kate Jenkins
National Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Commission commends introduction of Respect@Work Bill

The Commission has welcomed the introduction into Federal Parliament today of the Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 (Cth) (Bill).  

The Government has committed to implementing all 55 recommendations of our Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (2020) Report (Respect@Work Report) as a matter of priority.  

Sex Discrimination Commissioner calls for swift action to address harassment and bullying in NSW Parliament

Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins has welcomed the release today of a report into sexual harassment, sexual assault and bullying in the New South Wales Parliament.