This consultation is now taking submissions until 5.00pm 9 August 2021.

Overview

The prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces is increasing. The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) national survey in 2012 found that 21 per cent of respondents who had been in the workforce in the last five years experienced workplace sexual harassment. In its 2018 survey, this had increased to 33 per cent.

The Victorian Government has begun work on a new plan to stop sexual harassment in Victorian workplaces.

Acting Premier James Merlino joined Minister for Workplace Safety Ingrid Stitt and Minister for Women Gabrielle Williams on International Women’s Day to announce the establishment of a Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment to develop reforms that will prevent and better respond to sexual harassment in workplaces.

To support this work, we want to hear from the Victorian community how we can better:

  • prevent sexual harassment from occurring
  • support workers to report sexual harassment
  • enforce compliance when there is a breach of occupational health and safety duties
  • raise awareness and promote accountability in workplaces.

How to participate

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) invites you to respond to the questions contained in the consultation paper. You are welcome to include any other feedback that would inform the design, scope and implementation of workplace sexual harassment reforms in Victoria.

The discussion points in the paper are a guide only, and feedback is welcome on any relevant issues you wish to raise about workplace sexual harassment. You can answer all or some of the questions provided in the consultation paper in your feedback.

Please do not provide personal information in your submission. This includes identifying details such as your name, age, address and occupation or identifying details of any other party.

You can contribute your submission either as a written document or as an audio file. Please use the form below.

This consultation has been extended to 5:00 pm 9 August 2021. Please make your submission by this time.

How your submissions will be used

Submissions will be reviewed, and will help inform the development of workplace sexual harassment reform options to be considered by the Victorian government.

A thematic summary of the submissions received will be shared on this page after submissions close.

Consultation information will also be shared with the Minister for Workplace Safety, the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment (Taskforce), and relevant government departments and agencies. The Taskforce contains union, employer and legal representatives as well as organisations representing cohorts at a greater risk of experiencing sexual harassment.

Privacy collection notice

The Department of Justice and Community Safety (DJCS) is committed to protecting personal information provided by you in accordance with the principles of the Victorian privacy laws.

For this consultation, we ask that you do not provide personal information in your submission in response to the consultation paper. This includes identifying details such as your name, age, address and occupation. This also includes personal information about people other than yourself.

Your individual submission will not be circulated outside of DJCS. A thematic summary of the feedback will be published on the Engage Victoria website (open to the public) and will not contain any identifying details. Consultation information will inform the development of workplace sexual harassment reforms and will also be shared with:

  • the Minister for Workplace Safety and members of the Victorian Government,
  • the Ministerial Taskforce on Workplace Sexual Harassment, and
  • relevant government departments and agencies.

You may wish to provide an email address for the purposes of viewing and editing your submission. DJCS will not use this information for any other purpose. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you are free to not provide an email address.

DJCS will not disclose your personal information without your consent, except where required to do so by law. You may contact DJCS to request access to any personal information you have provided to us by workplacesafetyreform@justice.vic.gov.au.

DJCS respects individuals’ privacy. For further information on how your personal information is handled please review the privacy policy of DJCS and Engage Victoria.