External resources

There has been a tremendous amount of excellent work to support business leaders to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, and we have highlighted some of the resulting resources in the table below.

CEW thanks the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Diversity Council Australia, Champions of Change Coalition, the Governance Institute of Australia, Our Watch and the Australian Human Rights Commission for sharing their insights, expertise and practical resources, as well as for their leadership.

This document provides a summary of some of the available templates and resources included in various reports and reviews that have been published on sexual harassment. This document has been produced for the Chief Executive Women for their own use and, at their discretion, may be shared with other organisations.

CEW members can also access the organisation’s policy statement on sexual harassment in the member-only section of www.cew.org.au.

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External resources

There has been a tremendous amount of excellent work to support business leaders to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace, and we have highlighted some of the resulting resources in the table below.

CEW thanks the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Diversity Council Australia, Champions of Change Coalition, the Governance Institute of Australia, Our Watch and the Australian Human Rights Commission for sharing their insights, expertise and practical resources, as well as for their leadership.

This document provides a summary of some of the available templates and resources included in various reports and reviews that have been published on sexual harassment. This document has been produced for the CEW members for their own use and, at their discretion, may be shared with other organisations.

CEW members can also access the organisation’s policy statement on sexual harassment in the member-only section of www.cew.org.au.

Use your influence

Resources by topic

Click a topic to explore tools and resources curated by the CEW team to support business leaders to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace.

Champions of Change Coalition 2021 Impact Report

The Champions of Change Coalition has identified five key actions to ‘disrupt the system’ to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. The Coalition’s 2021 Impact Report tracks progress as members work to embed the five key areas. – Page 12-13.

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Example external board statement on sexual harassment

The Champions of Change Coalition presents an example statement prepared by the Champions of Change Coalition on the prevalence and consequences of sexual harassment incidents that organisations may adapt or adopt for inclusion in their annual reports. – Page 32

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Actions to lead and drive a culture of respect

The Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission sets out the actions leaders should take to build organisational capability to create and drive a culture of respect. – Page 16

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Our Watch: Workplace Equality and Respect

This website is designed to support you in assessing your organisation and identify key actions to ensure gender equality and respect are at the centre of your culture.

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Set the Standard: Report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

Set the Standard makes recommendations to ensure that Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces are safe, respectful and reflect best practice in the prevention and handling of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

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The [email protected] Council 2021-2022 Annual Report

The [email protected] Council recently released its 2021-22 Annual Report. In the next twelve months, key priorities for the Council in relation to sexual harassment in the workplace include building consistency in the collection of workplace sexual harassment data by members and developing and promoting guidelines on pathways available to people that may have been affected by workplace sexual harassment.

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‘ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ Sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry, WA Parliamentary Report (2022)

The WA Community Development and Justice Standing Committee handed down it’s report on the inquiry into the sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry in June 2022: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH’ Sexual harassment against women in the FIFO mining industry.

The Committee explored numerous accounts of alleged sexual misconduct in the FIFO mining sector and found that sexual harassment continues to be prevalent across the industry. This was in line with what the Australian Human Rights Commission identified in 2020 – that mining was one of the worst five performing industries. Longstanding academic and other research has identified poor culture, gender inequality, and power imbalance in the workplace as the major risks, and all of them were found to be evident in the sector.

The 24 recommendations in this report are targeted at exposing the behaviours and directing change at company, industry, regulatory and legislative levels and calls for reform by key industry players such as the Department of Mines, the Worksafe Commissioner and mining companies.

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Director tool to prevent and respond to sexual harassment

The Australian Institute of Company Directors sets out a series of practical and policy questions directors should consider in developing a new framework to prevent and respond to sexual harassment at work.

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Director obligations to prevent sexual harassment

Provides guidance to assist directors to understand and meet their work health and safety obligations in respect of Safe Work Australia’s updated guide to preventing workplace sexual harassment.

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The board’s role in preventing sexual harassment

Case studies from the Australian Institute of Company Directors on the ways boards are shifting their risk management of sexual harassment from response to prevention.

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Internal reporting on sexual harassment

Sets out a range of safety metrics for board reporting, which have been adapted for a sexual harassment context. This framework from the Champions of Change Coalition defines significant incidents, recordable incidents and cultural incidents and sets out suggested reporting requirements for each. – Page 30

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Respect at work and governance considerations

Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins joins a panel of leading directors at the Australian Institute of Company Directors to discuss the Australian Human Rights Commission’s landmark [email protected] report and consider the governance aspects of preventing and managing workplace sexual harassment.

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Equality across the board

Developed by Australian Human Rights Commission, this tool tracks what data ASX200 companies do and should collect, use and report.

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eSafety workplace safety guidance

These resources developed by the safety Commissioner and SafeWork Australia provide practical steps for employers and employees to prevent and deal with incidents of online abuse in the workplace.

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Example questions to understand the prevalence of sexual harassment

The Champions of Change Coalition presents example questions that can be used to understand the prevalence, manifestations and culture of sexual harassment in your organisation. These questions can be circulated as a survey to employees. – Page 34

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The spectrum of sexual harassment and sexual assault behaviours

This tool from the University of Adelaide can be used to navigate what constitutes sexual harassment. – Page 76

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Identifying sexual harassment

Safe Work Australia practical guidance  to identify, assess and control hazards in your workplace that may increase the likelihood of sexual harassment. – Page 9-10

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Risk matrix

A risk assessment tool from the Victorian Equal Opportunity & Human Rights Commission that can be used to identify characteristics that may enable or drive sexual harassment and create barriers for reporting. – Page 100-101

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Audit template for preventing and managing inappropriate or unreasonable workplace behaviour

This workplace behaviour audit tool from the Government of Western Australia assists workplaces in risk management to prevent and manage inappropriate or unreasonable workplace behaviour. The template provides a checklist of processes and procedures covering a range of topics including: safe systems of work, encouraging reporting, return to work and corrective action plan. – Appendix 3, page 34

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Checklists for employers

This series of checklists for employers has been developed by the Law Society of New South Wales. It sets out key steps for employers to take in relation to non-discriminatory recruitment, flexible working, training, promotions, termination and harassment. These checklists have been prepared for use in law firms, however they can be adapted to suit your organisation. – Page 37-40

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Myth Busting Sexual Harassment at Work

This Diversity Council Australia guide challenges common misconceptions around sexual harassment and provides detailed frameworks for action so that employees and workplaces can stand up for safety and respect at work.

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Example policy #1

This sample policy from the Champions of Change Coalition is an example of a standard policy with enhancements to drive system change. It may be adapted or adopted in full. To ensure it is effective for your organisation’s context, this example policy should be worked through and carefully adapted to your organisation and workforce. – Page 16

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Example policy #2

Sample sexual harassment policy recommended by Mahi Haumaru Aotearoa / Worksafe New Zealand.

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Example policy #3

Sample policy template prepared by the Australian Human Rights Commission.

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Example policy #4

This sample equal opportunity policy from by the Law Society of New South Wales has been prepared for use in law firms, however it can be adapted to suit your organisation. The policy in its current form is only appropriate for use in NSW, as it makes reference to the applicable State legislation. However it could be used as a base and tailored with drafting changes for use in other states. – Page 27-29

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Example policy #5

This sample anti-harassment policy from the Law Society of New South Wales has been prepared for use in law firms, however it can be adapted to suit your organisation. The policy in its current form is only appropriate for use in NSW, as it makes reference to the applicable State legislation. However it could be used as a base and tailored with drafting changes for use in other states. – Page 30-33

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Reporting and response

This Champions of Change Coalition template provides a range of reporting and response options. Providing a range of options for complainants to raise concerns is designed to provide them flexibility to choose the pathway that is suitable for them. – Page 37-39

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Responding to reports

Employers must ensure that responses to complaints are timely and consistent with set policies and processes, with proportionate disciplinary outcomes. This Champions of Change Coalition template is a suggested approach to receiving and responding to a complaint or report of sexual harassment. – Page 40-46

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Good practices for developing internal complaints processes

The Australian Human Rights Commission sets out the characteristics and key stages of a good internal complaints process. – Appendix 4

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Model grievance procedure

This model grievance handling procedure from the Law Society of New South Wales has been prepared for use in law firms, however it can be adapted to suit your organisation. The policy is also only appropriate in its current form for use in NSW, as it makes reference to State agencies for the escalation of complaints. Minor adjustments will be required for use in states outside NSW. – Page 34-36

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All documents are intended to provide general guidance only. The contents should not be relied upon as legal advice. Specific legal advice should be sought in particular matters.

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