26 September 2023

AHRC researches workplace harassment

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The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is researching the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Launching its 5th National Survey on Workplace Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces, the Commission said the survey took place about every four years.

“The data aims to inform Australia’s ongoing response to this issue, providing evidence to enable employers, policymakers and advocates to develop more effective responses to workplace sexual harassment,” the AHRC said.

“The last survey in 2018 found that one in three workers in Australia had been sexually harassed at work over the previous five years, and that formal reporting of sexual harassment was low with only 17 per cent of people making a report or complaint,” it said.

“This year’s survey will provide a valuable measure of the extent to which workers are continuing to experience sexual harassment in their workplaces since the previous survey was conducted.”

The AHRC said the 2022 survey would also build on the momentum generated by its 2020 Respect@Work report, which provided recommendations to improve how Australian employers prevented and responded to sexual harassment.

It said Roy Morgan Research was conducting this year’s survey of approximately 10,000 people by phone and online over the next four weeks, with results expected to be released in November.

The AHRC’s 185-page 2018 survey report Everyone’s business: Fourth National Survey on Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces can be downloaded at this PS News link.

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