Diversity Council Australia (DCA) has welcomed the announcement by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins that she will launch a national inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.
DCA CEO Lisa Annese said: “Sex discrimination, especially in the form of sexual harassment, is widespread. Thanks to the #MeToo and #NowAustralia movements, we are finally having a conversation about the high personal and economic cost.
“This official, in-depth examination of businesses practices and cultures is an important part of changing the culture of silence around sexual harassment and discrimination.
“The time for sexual harassment in Australian workplaces to be exposed is well overdue.
“We need change. And this is a step in the right direction.
“For our part, DCA will be consulting with members, where appropriate, to contribute to this important inquiry, as well as supporting member organisations to ensure they have appropriate referral processes in place,” said Lisa.