Sexual harassment prevention in the workplace
Comcare’s purpose is to promote and enable safe and healthy work. We recognise workplace sexual harassment as a psychosocial hazard which has the potential to cause workers psychological or physical harm. Sexual harassment is unlawful under the Commonwealth Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and is also prohibited by state and territory anti-discrimination laws.
Sexual harassment is defined in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) as being any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favours or conduct of a sexual nature where a reasonable person, having regard to all the circumstances, would have anticipated the possibility that the person harassed would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.
Workplace sexual harassment is not defined in the WHS Act. However, employers have a duty under the Act to eliminate or manage hazards and risks to the health and safety of workers, including to prevent workplace sexual harassment.
Managers and supervisors can advocate the use of these support services for workers:
- Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
- 1800RESPECT 1800 737 732
- Sexual Assault Services
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Beyond Blue Support Service 1300 22 4636
- For employers covered by Comcare, make an inquiry or seek advice via email@example.com or call us on 1300 366 979.
- If anyone in the workplace is in immediate danger, call the Police on 000.
- If workers are not in immediate danger and would like to make an enquiry or report, call the Police on 131 444.
View our Building a culture of respect: Workplace sexual harassment - never part of the job webinar.