What a Positive Duty on Sexual Harassment Looks Like

We were delighted that Erin Murray, Director, Sex and Gender Sections, Attorney-General’s Department could deliver the keynote address for this event on Positive Duty approach to sexual harassment including covering:

  • Their work on implementation of key recommendations from the Respect@Work report
  • Resources to assist employers in adopting a positive duty approach
  • Progress on a review of costs awarded in sexual harassment cases.

The event was emceed by Cathy Brown, DCA’s Communications and Advocacy Director and introduced by KPMG Australia’s National Chairman Alison Kitchen, who is a Respect@Work Council member.

Following Erin’s presentation, our panel of speakers discussed how to adopt a pro-active, positive duty approach to sexual harassment at work, including:

  • What a positive duty approach looks like for an employer,
  • Practical ways to achieve this, including the importance of adopting an intersectional lens,
  • A case study of how Bakers Delight took steps to comply with its positive duty (under similar Victorian legislation) and the lessons for other employers following an investigation with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission.

Guest speakers included:

  1. Kate Byrdy, Group HR Manager, Bakers Delight
  2. Sam Nickless, Partner and Chief Operating Officer, Gilbert + Tobin,
  3. Katherine Teh, Principle Strategist for TEH&CO and a WorkSafe advocate against Gendered Violence and
  4. Lisa Annese, CEO, DCA and Respect@Work Council member.

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