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Victorian councils failing to provide workplaces that are free from sexual harassment, audit finds

Shannon Jenkins (The Mandarin)

More than one in four Victorian local government staff and councillors have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace, the state auditor-general has found.

Workplace Harassment
Workplace Harassment

The Victorian Auditor-General’s Office investigated the prevalence and nature of sexual harassment in councils in its latest report, tabled on Wednesday. Councils’ policies, training and communication, and the effectiveness of their complaint handling were also examined.

VAGO audited five councils — Ararat, Corangamite, Frankston, Latrobe and Moreland — and conducted a survey receiving nearly 10,000 responses from staff and councillors from across 75 councils.

The report noted 28% of council employees and councillors have experienced sexual harassment at work in the 12 months to June 2020.


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