Wednesday 10 February 2021 1 PM – 3 PM (AEDT) via Zoom
Sexual harassment is not a women’s issue: it is a societal issue, which every Australian, and every Australian workplace, can contribute to addressing. Workplace sexual harassment is not inevitable. It is not acceptable. It is preventable.
It was very pleasing to see the 2020 Australian Federal Budget has assigned $700,000 per year for the next three years to establish a Respect@Work Council to focus on reducing sexual harassment in the workplace.
This follows the release of the Human Rights Commission Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020), containing 55 recommendations for a new model that is evidence-based, victim-focused and framed through a gender and intersectional lens. It is also based on existing legal frameworks to avoid duplication, ambiguity and undue burden on employers.
As the 2018 National Survey revealed, almost two in five women (39%) and just over one in four men (26%) have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the past five years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were more likely to have experienced workplace sexual harassment than people who are non-Indigenous (53% and 32% respectively).
NAWO fully supports all 55 of the recommendations put forward in this report, and as part of NAWO’s Lever 5 – Getting the basics right – Policy, Goals, Reporting and Accountability we prioritise policy and practice that prevents sexual harassment and discrimination.
As always we are keen for our members feedback to shape the conversation, and would very much appreciate you answering the questions in this short survey <link> to help us understand;
To ensure your organisation has two places at our virtual table please reply via email to Sharon Grosvenor firstname.lastname@example.org with your nominated colleagues’ names, titles and email address.
We look forward to supporting and leveraging member initiatives related to this very important initiative at this Knowledge Share Forum.
Who should attend this Forum?
People in positions of influence over process, practice or policy for your organisation such as operational team leaders, middle managers, HR business partners, diversity specialists, or members of a relevant special project team.
Places are limited
These Forums are small, targeted and for those ready to share examples of good practice, keen to learn from others and prepared to turn conversation into action. Two representatives from 10 member companies can attend and registrations are taken on a first come first served basis. Your nominated attendees will need to be prepared to contribute, either with case studies showcasing the work your organisation has been doing OR with well thought through questions and challenges that you are finding it difficult to overcome.
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