26 September 2023

New rules to tackle FIFO misconduct

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A range of actions to tackle sexual assault and harassment in Western Australian workplaces have been outlined by the Government in response to a Parliamentary inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining industry.

Minister for Mines and Petroleum, Bill Johnston said the plans would be implemented across key areas such as primary prevention, data and research.

There would be a refocused regulatory framework and better support and advocacy for victims of workplace sexual harassment.

“A new Code of Practice will be developed to help improve security measures for workers staying at workplace accommodation,” Mr Johnston said.

“The Government has also committed to funding a community legal and advocacy service centre to provide free guidance and advice to affected Western Australians.”

He said the Government aimed to introduce these legislative reforms early next year.

“The Government also supports the recommendation to establish a culturally appropriate expert group within WorkSafe WA to investigate, assess and deal with reports of sexual harassment and assault offences in the sector,” Mr Johnston said.

“This work will be further enhanced by the findings of the regulatory review being undertaken by Elizabeth Shaw.”

He acknowledged the bravery and resilience of the women who shared their stories with the Parliamentary inquiry.

“I call on industry to ensure our mining sector is accountable and responsive to community standards. We need to work together to build a culture of respect, as women have a right to work in safe workplaces that are free from sexual harassment,” the Minister said.

The Government’s 20-page response to the Parliamentary inquiry is available at this PS News link.

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