Respect@Work reforms a significant step to tackle workplace sexual harassment

02 Sep 2021 |

The Respect@Work reforms, passed by the Parliament today, delivers the most significant initiative to stamp out workplace sexual harassment in decades.  The legislation sends a clear message that sexual harassment is never okay; there is no place in society for such behaviour.

“Today’s changes are a practical step in ensuring Australian workplaces can be free of sexual harassment,” ACCI chief executive, Andrew McKellar said.

“Everyone has the right to be safe at work.  Employers do not want sexual harassment in our workplaces, just as the community at large does not want sexual harassment in our society.

“Employers support these practical measures to assist with the early resolution of sexual harassment matters, and to ensure that they have the right tools to maintain a safe workplace.

“The Respect@Work legislation compliments wider initiatives currently underway that will contribute to creating safe and respectful workplaces.  Education and primary prevention in particular will be important to stamp out deep seated, preconceived inappropriate attitudes before people enter the workplace.

“I look forward to continuing ACCI’s contribution to the important work of the Respect@Work Council.  Employers thank Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for her report and recommendations, and the Attorney-General for delivering these important changes.

Jack Quail

Media Officer

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