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Oct 31, 2023
The goal of these changes is to help create safe, respectful, and inclusive workplaces for all. There is now a legal obligation placed on organisations and businesses to take proactive and preventative steps to stop unlawful conduct from occurring in the workplace or in connection to work.
From December 2023, the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will have new powers to investigate and enforce the positive duty.
Respect@Work outlines the wide range of different behaviours that are considered to be sexual harassment, including:
They also have a Resource for Small Businesses on the Positive Duty to help small businesses to satisfy their obligations to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.
If you feel unsafe now, please call 000. For a full list of support services, visit AHRC Support Services.
If you are in NSW and need support, you can call Domestic Violence Line Department of Community Services: 1800 656 463 (24 hours)
In Victoria you can contact Sexual Assault Crisis Line Crisis Line: 1800 806 292 (free call).
If you need to implement workplace policy to ensure you are complying with legislation, or if you have a workplace related question, please contact our team of HR experts on 1800 868 254. Total HRM can help you create or adapt your existing policies.
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