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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.

Research commences for 5th National Survey on Workplace Sexual Harassment

The Australian Human Rights Commission is currently conducting the 5th National Survey on Workplace Sexual Harassment.

The survey takes place around every four years and is our nation's key source of information on the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The data aims to inform Australia's ongoing response to this issue, providing evidence to enable employers, policymakers and advocates to develop more effective responses to workplace sexual harassment.

International Women's Day: Kate Jenkins

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Sex Discrimination Commissioner @Kate_Jenkins_:
"#IWD2022 is an opportunity to reflect how we can all make Australia a truly gender-equal nation. In the past year, it’s been incredible to witness a rising determination for change from many women and girls in our society."

Media statement: National survey on understanding and experiences of consent

National Children’s Commissioner Anne Hollonds and Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins have welcomed the Federal Government’s announcement of a national survey exploring consent education of secondary school students across Australia.

ANU Law Conference on Public Law and Inequality

Registrations are open for the ANU Law conference on ‘Public Law and Inequality’ on 16-18 February 2022, organised by the Centre for International and Public Law.


Statement on the National Summit on Women's Safety

The Australian Human Rights Commission welcomes the opportunity to participate in the National Summit for Women’s Safety and to contribute to the development of Australia’s second National Plan on the Prevention of Violence against Women and their Children. Violence is a human rights issue that needs urgent and coordinated action.

Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021

The Commission makes this submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee in relation to its inquiry into the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Bill 2021 introduced by the Australian Government.

Now is the moment to listen to young people

By National Children's Commissioner, Anne Hollonds.

For the last few weeks, Australia has been having a “moment” as our attention has been concentrated on an endless series of revelations of sexual assault and harassment in workplaces up and down the land, but also, very worryingly, in our schools. 

Change the course - 3 year milestone (2020)

Tuesday 27 October, 2020

> back to University sexual assault and sexual harassment project

In August 2020, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, wrote to all 39 Vice-Chancellors to request an update on the implementation of recommendations from Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at Australian Universities, released in August 2017.