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Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

Discrimination Sex Discrimination
Parliament House, Canberra
36 days, 18 hours left (of 72 days)

Make a Submission to the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

The Australian Human Rights Commission (Commission) is seeking submissions to inform the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces (the Review).  A submission is a written contribution to the Review.

The Commission is seeking written contributions from:

  • current and former Commonwealth parliamentarians (Members and Senators)
  • people who work or have previously worked for Commonwealth parliamentarians (Members and Senators), including but not limited to:
    • people employed under the Members of Parliament (Staff) Act 1984 (Cth)
    • workers in electorate offices
  • other current and former workers in Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces, including but not limited to:
    • people employed under the Public Service Act 1999 (Cth) and the Parliamentary Services Act 1999 (Cth)
    • hospitality, retail, cleaning, security and other service provider workers within the Parliament of Australia
    • journalists and other media workers
  • volunteers, interns and students in Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces
  • organisations and experts that have direct experience or expertise in the areas under Review (as outlined in the Terms of Reference for the Review which are available here).

Note, the term ‘worker’ is broad and is intended to include individuals engaging in paid and unpaid work, such as employees, contractors and subcontractors (and employees of contractors and subcontractors), labour hire workers, apprentices and trainees, students, interns and volunteers.

This form includes questions about the workplace culture of Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces. It also includes specific questions regarding risk factors for bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault for workers in Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces; awareness of relevant policies; training; reporting mechanisms; and available supports. The Commission would like to hear all experiences, including positive experiences.

You can make a submission using this online form and completing the free text boxes below.The questions below are a guide and you do not have to answer these questions. You can answer some or all the questions. Please note that the online submission form will need to be completed in one sitting. You will not be able to save and return to the form.

Make a submission

You can also make a submission by attaching a document to the form (either your own document or by downloading and completing a copy of the individual submission form or organisation/expert submission form).

You can also make a submission by emailing a document to CPWReview@humanrights.gov.au.

Further information about consent and how the Commission may use information you provide is set out below.

Written contributions must be made by a person over the age of 18. If you are under the age of 18, a parent/guardian must make a written contribution on your behalf.

Please note that by making a submission you are not making a complaint or report.

The closing date for making a submission is 31 July 2021.

Accessing Support

Writing about bullying, sexual harassment or sexual assault can be distressing.

If you become distressed either during or after completing your written contribution, please click here to find a list of national support services that provide counselling and other forms of support.

 

The Review is being conducted under UNSW Human Research Ethics Committee approval (HC Reference Number HC21064).  If you have any concerns about the ethical considerations of this Review, you can contact the UNSW Human Research Ethics Coordinator on (02) 9385 6222 or via email at humanethics@unsw.edu.au, or you can raise your concerns with the Review Team.

  • What is this Review about? 

    The Review aims to build an understanding of the workplace culture, experiences and expectations of a safe and respectful work environment, and barriers to reporting bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault experienced at work within Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces. The Commission will publish a report setting out its findings and recommendations on these topics at the end of the Review.

  • Who is conducting this Review?

    The Review is being conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and will be led by the Review Team and supported by other qualified Commission staff.

  • Do I have to be involved?

    Participation in this Review is voluntary. If you do not want to take part, you do not have to.
     

  • What does taking part involve?

    You can contribute to the Review by:

    • Making a submission, and/or
       
    • Participating in an online or in-person interview. If you would like to participate in an interview, please use the online booking form. 

     

    Please read the Participant Information Sheet and Consent Forms for more information.

     

  • What should I do if I have accessibility requirements?

    If you would like to be involved in the Review and want to discuss how the Commission can support your involvement by providing appropriate supports and/or adjustments, please contact the Review Team at CPWReview@humanrights.gov.au or by calling (02) 9284 9799

  • What will happen to the information I provide?

    Personal Information

    By providing a submission to this Review, you consent to the Commission collecting and using the information you provide for the purposes of the Review.

    The Commission will produce a report on the findings of the Review. The Commission will also produce a progress update and other materials in connection with the Review. The reports and materials will be published on the Commission’s website under a Creative Commons licence with the contents available to be used freely for other purposes.

    The Commission will treat your name and personal information confidentially. Your name and other personal or identifying information will not be published in the report, or in any other Commission publication. If you consent to your submission and name being published on the Commission website, while your name may be published in the report and any other Commission publications, your personal information will be treated confidentially. 

    The information you provide may be drawn upon, quoted or referred to in the public report and other resources produced by the Commission in connection with the Review, but will not be attributed to you, and will not be used if its use could identify you or others.

    The Archives and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2021 (Cth) provides additional protections to ensure confidentiality. This Act provides participants in the Review with assurance that any submissions they make to the Review will be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) and will not come into an open access period under the Archives Act 1983 (Cth)for 99 years.  

    Information (including personal information) collected during the course of the Review will be stored in accordance with the Archives Act 1983 (Cth), the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) and the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 (Cth). 

    Further information regarding the personal information handling practices of the Commission is available on the Commission’s website, specifically in the Privacy Policy.

    Reporting Obligations

    While the Commission does not expect many young people to contribute to the Review, in certain circumstances, Commission staff and others involved in this Review may be obligated under relevant State and Territory laws to report to the relevant authorities, an act that involves abuse to a child, or an act that is a ‘serious indictable offence’. This is known as ‘mandatory reporting’. Mandatory reporting obligations may also arise in cases of suspected risk of future abuse or harm or incidents of historic child sex abuse. Whether mandatory reporting obligations are triggered in the course of this Review will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

    If the Commission is not required by law to report an act, it may still make a voluntary report to the relevant authorities, in circumstances where the Commission is concerned that serious harm has occurred, or is occurring, or may occur in the future, in accordance with the Commission’s Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy.

    The Commission may also be required to report to relevant authorities in other circumstances.

  • How and when will I find out the results of the Review?

    The Commission intends to publish a report on the findings and recommendations of the Review in November 2021. The Commission also intends to publish a progress update in July 2021. These documents will be publicly available on the Commission’s website. 

  • How is the Review being funded?

    The Federal Government is funding the Commission, on a cost recovery basis, to undertake the Review. The Commission is an independent Commonwealth statutory authority, which ensures the integrity of the Review and provides the participants with confidence in the process, no matter the source of funding.

  • Who can I contact if I have questions?

    If you would like any further information or have any questions concerning this Review, please contact the Review team via email at CPWReview@humanrights.gov.au or via phone on (02) 9284 9799. 

MAKE A SUBMISSION BELOW

Make a submission
Are you making this submission
Do you or your organisation have direct experience or expertise in the areas covered under the Review (as outlined in the Terms of Reference)?
Your organisational/expert submission will be confidential unless you indicate below that you wish for it to be made publicly available on the Commission’s website. 
Are you under 18?
Are you making this submission on behalf of someone who is under the age of 18?
In making this submission I agree that: 
I also agree that:
In making this submission, I agree that: 
If this submission has been made on behalf of another person, I also agree that:
Your individual submission will be confidential unless you indicate below that you want it to be publicly available on the Commission’s website.
PART A: Contact Details
Is your submission anonymous
What is the best way to contact you?
Please enter your name and contact details: 
PART B: Your Role in Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

In what way(s) have you been involved with Commonwealth parliamentary workplace(s)? For example (tick all that apply): 

PART C: Questions/Submission upload

You can choose to make your written submission by using the free text box below. You can also make your written submission by attaching a document to the end of this section or by emailing it to CPWReview@humanrights.gov.au

If you wish to upload your submission at the end of this section, you can skip the following questions. 

The following questions are focused on your experiences and expectations of Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces. These questions are a guide and you do not have to answer these questions. You can answer some or all of the questions.

To upload your own submission, please use the button below. 
One file only.
20 MB limit.
Allowed types: txt, pdf, doc, docx.
PART D: Further Demographic Information (optional)

Completing the following additional demographic questions is optional. However, answering these questions will provide the Review Team with more information about your experiences in Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces.

1. In your most recent role, where do you/did you primarily work?
2. In your most recent role, what is/was the status of your employment?
3. What period of time does your submission cover?
4. What is your age?
5. How do you describe your gender?
6. Do you identify as an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person?
8. Do you use a language other than English at home?
If you use more than one language, please select the one that is used most often. Include the use of sign languages (for example, AUSLAN) in the ‘Other’ box
9. How do you describe your sexual orientation?
10. Do you have a disability?
PART E: Confidentiality and Publication of Submission (required)
Your submission will be confidential unless you indicate that you wish for it to be publicly available. Please tick one of the following boxes:
Anonymous
Published (name withheld)
Published (with name)
Anonymous
Confidential

Note: The Commission will treat your name and personal information confidentially. Your name and other personal or identifying information will not be published in the report, or in any other Commission publication. The information you provide may be drawn upon, quoted or referred to in the public report and other resources produced by the Commission in connection with the Review, but will not be attributed to you, and will not be used if its use could identify you or others. The Commission reserves the right not to publish submissions, or to publish them in a redacted form. If you consent to your submission and name being published on the Commission’s website, then the Commission may use your name (but not your personal information) in the report and any other Commission publication.