Creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces


Our Respect@Work portal, resource and training hub brings together a comprehensive set of training and resources for employers and workers. It includes best-practice guides, training programs, workplace-assessment tools, information, videos and advice.  It is the first time all this information has been presented in a single place in Australasia.

Under new laws introduced to Parliament

Employers will need to make sure workers are safe from sexual harassment

Creating safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces

Causes of Workplace Sexual Harassment?

Workplace sexual harassment is caused by power imbalances and gender inequality.

Where to seek help if you've experienced workplace sexual harassment

Workers need clear, up-to-date, relevant and easily accessible information.

Younger Workers in the Workplace

This includes information about workplace sexual harassment for younger workers. 

Organisational Culture

This section helps organisations strategically develop a safe, inclusive and respectful workplace culture.

External Pathways & Information

National and/or state/territory guides to external pathways to address workplace sexual harassment.

Respect@Work Council Forum

The Respect@Work Council brings together policy makers responsible for sexual harassment policies and complaints to improve coordination, consistency and clarity across existing legal and regulatory frameworks.


Employers will need to make sure workers are safe from sexual harassment

Growing a Culture of Respect

External Pathways & Information

Respect@Work Council Forum


The Respect@Work website is an initiative of the Australian Human Rights Commission and the Respect@Work Council.  The Respect@Work Council brings together leaders from key government regulators and policy makers responsible for sexual harassment policies and complaints to improve coordination, consistency and clarity across existing legal and regulatory frameworks.

The Respect@Work Council consists of the following core members:

Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

– General Manager, Fair Work Commission

– Fair Work Ombudsman

– Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia

– Chair, Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities

– Chair, Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities

– Chair, Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities

– Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency

– Deputy Secretary, Integrity and International Group, Attorney-General’s Department.

Associate members of the Respect@Work Council include groups that represent employers and workers who provide expertise and advice on specific issues or areas of work relating to sexual harassment.


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The me too movement has built a community of survivors from all walks of life. By bringing vital conversations about sexual violence into the mainstream, we’re helping to de-stigmatize survivors by highlighting the breadth and impact sexual violence has on thousands of women, and we’re helping those who need it to find entry points to healing. Ultimately, with survivors at the forefront of this movement, we’re aiding the fight to end sexual violence. We want to uplift radical community healing as a social justice issue and are committed to disrupting all systems that allow sexual violence to flourish”. 

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All organisations can put in place measures to prevent and appropriately respond to sexual harassment in the workplace.

For organisations

Our training programs are structured to focus on workplace prevention and response frameworks to address sexual harassment detailed in the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020). This report and our training recognises that a new, more holistic, approach was necessary that looks beyond policies, training and complaint-handling procedures.

This approach recognises that sexual harassment is primarily driven by gender inequality and power imbalance and looks at all the steps that can be taken within workplaces to better prevent and respond to it. It more effectively meets an employer’s positive obligation to provide a safe, harassment-free workplace. 


What do we need to know, and how do we learn, about sexual harassment in the workplace?

There’s no escaping that fact that sexual harassment can be a complex and difficult subject to approach. Which makes it a real challenge for leaders and workers who commit to understanding and preventing sexual harassment.


We know that traditional approaches to sexual harassment and training, such as one-off compliance training modules or induction courses, do not work. That’s because they are, typically, stand-alone training events that are not part of a broader ongoing training strategy. They are easily forgotten and often focused on response processes rather than prevention. 

Workplace sexual harassment is preventable if individuals speak up and act on workplace sexual harassment. In this section we’ll consider three simple actions you can take to help prevent workplace sexual harassment – show it’s not OKsupport women, trans or gender diverse people and speak up if you hear disrespectful comments.



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Younger Workers

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Where to seek help if you’ve experienced workplace sexual harassment

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