Workplace Sexual Harassment Inquiry

Topics Gender
Business person holding a sign over their face with the word STOP on it.  In the other hand the person is holding a megaphone. Text adjacent to the megaphone reads Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.

According to the Australian Human Rights Commission, in the last 12 months, 23% of women and 16% of men have experienced sexual harassment at work in Australia.

DCA is passionate about stopping the scourge of sexual harassment at work, and we believe a key way to do this is by highlighting the work being done by DCA members

In making a submission on behalf of our members to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces to assist the Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, to formulate recommendations for change, we focused on what leading organisations are doing to prevent and respond to workplace-related sexual and sex-based harassment, and the resources that Australian organisations need to make workplaces safer for everyone. 

DCA conducted an online survey of our members about the work their organisation undertakes to respond to and prevent sex-based and sexual harassment, as well as asking our members for
examples of good practice. A number of themes emerged which are outlined in the submission.

Sexual harassment is costly for Australian business and individuals. Many businesses in Australia have policy, training and complaint mechanisms. But it is clear that ‘more of the same’ isn’t working. Workplaces can no longer rely on ‘existing measures’ alone.

Our submission also puts forward a number of recommendations to address some of the issues that workplaces currently experience in dealing with sexual and sex-based harassment.