NOW Australia is delighted to welcome and support the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces being led by the Australian Human Rights Commission. This is something NOW Australia has advocated for since our inception. Our submission offers 17 key recommendations. Each is embedded within a body of knowledge that informs that recommendation. They are focused upon three important areas:
- Better prevention
- Stronger regulation
- More effective support
Our recommendations reflect our belief that current structures need to be amended to explicitly and proactively prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace. NOW Australia’s recommendations and guiding principles build upon the long legacy of expertise and practice in the sphere of gendered violence in Australia.
NOW Australia is working closely with experts in the counselling and legal sector to scope how we best sign-post those currently experiencing sexual harassment or those with historical experiences of sexual harassment to the appropriate legal and psychological support.