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Gender equality commissioner to oversee sexual harassment audit

Wendy Tuohy (Brisbane Times)

Victoria’s 380,000 public sector employees will be asked to say anonymously if they have been sexually harassed at work, who the perpetrator was and if they were satisfied with how the incident was handled.

Australia’s first Public Sector Gender Equality Commissioner, Dr Niki Vincent, will oversee consultation with staff in all public organisations to ascertain the number of sexual harassment incidents at the state’s 300 employers and also how many incidents are going un-reported.

The process falls under laws introduced in Victoria’s landmark Gender Equality Act 2020, which come into force on March 31 and cover 11 per cent of the state’s workforce.

“The question will be asked [of employees in organisations that fall under the Gender Equality Act] have you experienced sexual harassment, who was the perpetrator, what was the outcome and did you accept it?” said Ms Vincent, the former South Australian Commissioner for Equal Opportunity, who moved to Victoria to take up her roll in late 2020.


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