SafeWork NSW has launched its first four-year Strategy (2023-2027) to support NSW businesses in preventing workplace sexual harassment and other gender-based harmful workplace behaviours.
Through this Strategy, SafeWork NSW will educate NSW businesses on their duties to prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment before it occurs and take appropriate enforcement action to protect NSW workers.
Trent Curtin from SafeWork NSW said “Workplace sexual harassment is unacceptably common with one in three Australians in the past five years reporting experiencing it, and affecting 41 per cent of women and 26 per cent of men.”
The Strategy will be led by the new SafeWork NSW Respect at Work Taskforce – one of the first Australian WHS regulators to establish a dedicated team focused on addressing gender-based harmful workplace behaviours.
Mr Curtin stated “Everyone deserves to have a workplace which is free from bullying, harassment and all forms of discrimination.”
The strategy is the result of cutting-edge research on evidence-based and prevention-led interventions to address workplace sexual harassment, informed by the Respect at Work Taskforce, the Centre for Work Health and Safety, RMIT University and The University of Newcastle.
For more information about the strategy and resources available, visit the NSW Respect at work website.