Respect At Work

Resources to help you get ahead of upcoming changes to workplace legislation and regulation.

What is Respect at Work?

The Respect At Work reforms in Australia refer to a package of legislative changes and policy proposals aimed at preventing and addressing workplace sexual harassment. The reforms were developed in response to the findings of the Australian Human Rights Commission's 2020 national inquiry into workplace sexual harassment, which revealed that sexual harassment is widespread and pervasive in Australian workplaces.

Overall, the Respect At Work reforms represent a significant step forward in addressing workplace sexual harassment in Australia and promoting safer and more respectful workplaces for all employees. They are the largest change to workplace law in Australia in many years.


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What are the changes in the Respect At Work reforms?

The Respect At Work reforms include several key measures. These include:

Expanding the definition of workplace sexual harassment:
The reforms seek to broaden the definition of workplace sexual harassment to include a wider range of behaviours, such as sexual coercion, stalking, and other forms of unwanted conduct.

Making employers more responsible for preventing and addressing sexual harassment:
The reforms aim to make employers more accountable for preventing and responding to workplace sexual harassment by introducing a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

Strengthening legal protections and remedies for victims of sexual harassment:
The reforms propose several changes to the legal framework around sexual harassment, including extending the time limit for making a complaint, increasing the maximum penalties for sexual harassment, and expanding access to compensation for victims.

Improving education and awareness around sexual harassment:
The reforms aim to promote a culture of respect and prevent sexual harassment by improving education and awareness around the issue in workplaces, schools, and the broader community.


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If you're a business owner or leader, you know the importance of creating a respectful and compliant workplace.

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A series of articles written by our team examining the key points about the Respect@Work reforms and the strategic direction you should take to ensure compliance.

Respect@Work Policies

Enhancing Accessibility and Clarity in Workplace Policies: Strategies for Inclusion and Equity

Learn how to enhance accessibility and clarity in workplace policies with strategies for inclusion and equity, ensuring that all employees can understand and navigate essential guidelines.

Respect@Work Training

Rethinking Workplace Training in Light of Recent Respect@Work Reforms

Discover how to adapt workplace training in light of the Respect@Work reforms, focusing on comprehensive and holistic approaches to address complex issues and create a safe and inclusive work environment.

Respect@Work Reporting

Building Trust Through Confidentiality and Transparency: Encouraging Reporting and Better Outcomes

Learn the importance of balancing confidentiality and transparency in the workplace to encourage reporting and foster a safe and supportive environment for employees.

Respect@Work Transparency

Transparency in Addressing Workplace Sexual Harassment: Benefits and Strategies

Discover how transparency in sharing de-identified data on sexual harassment reports can improve workplace culture and enable boards and senior management to take action.

Respect@Work Leadership

Accountability and Ethical Behavior in the Workplace: Addressing Sexual Harassment and the Role of Boards

Explore the importance of accountability and ethical behavior in addressing workplace sexual harassment, and the critical role of boards in promoting a safe and inclusive work environment.

Respect@Work Leadership

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace: The Importance of Leadership and Acknowledging Mistakes

Discover the impact of strong leadership on fostering diversity and inclusion, and the importance of learning from mistakes to create a supportive workplace.