Date: 
Friday 13 April 2018

 

Everyone’s business: Fourth national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces

The report on the fourth national workplace sexual harassment survey outlines the findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s latest survey on the prevalence, nature and reporting of sexual harassment in Australia, with a focus on workplaces. This is the fourth such survey undertaken by the Commission since 2003.

The results of the 2018 National Survey are more detailed and more robust than ever before, with more than 10,000 Australians surveyed—five times the number of people who have participated in previous years.

The survey findings will inform the Commission's work on the National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, by providing a base against which the Commission can consider the extensive information that we will gather through our research and consultations.

Read the report here.
 

2016 Australia Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey

2016 Australia Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey

Click here for more information about the findings of the 2016 Personal Safety Survey

What is sexual harassment?

Sexual harassment is defined in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth) as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favours or conduct of a sexual nature in relation to the person harassed in circumstances where a reasonable person would have anticipated the possibility that the person harassed would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.

Click here for more information about complaints under the Sex Discrimination Act.

University sexual assault and sexual harassment project

At the request of Australia’s 39 universities, the Australian Human Rights Commission conducted a national, independent survey of university students to gain greater insight into the nature, prevalence and reporting of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.

The report was released on 1 August 2017. To find out more about the University project and the Commission’s audit, see here

Previous sexual harassment prevalence surveys

You can view the results of the Commission's 2003, 2008 and 2012 sexual harassment national telephone surveys here.

Resources

The Commission has developed resources for employers that provide practical guidance on how employers can prevent sexual harassment and how to respond effectively when it occurs: Ending workplace sexual harassment: A resource for small, medium and large employers 

Know Where the Line Is

The Know Where the Line Is national awareness raising strategy is a tripartite partnership of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Australian Council of Trade Unions, which offers a unique and important opportunity to join forces to target employers and employees as part of broader efforts to prevent and reduce the harm of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

For more information about Know Where the Line Is click here.