“Every workplace should be safe and free from sexual harassment. “
The new RESPECT@WORK legislation, which was introduced in Australia in December 2022, aims to address workplace sexual harassment and improve workplace culture.
Effective from 15 December 2023, a new positive duty on employers and persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to eliminate workplace sex discrimination and harassment will be enforced.
We must ACT NOW to protect people and minimise the harm of workplace sexual harassment
The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Act 2022 (Cth) amended the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 (Cth), introducing a positive duty on employers and PCBUs to eliminate:
- Workplace sexual harassment, sex discrimination and sex-based harassment;
- Conduct that amounts to subjecting a person to a hostile workplace environment on the ground of sex;
- and, certain acts of victimisation
All employers and PCBUs is provided with a 12 month transition period and the AHRC highly recommend “implement change now, so that people may enjoy safer workplaces, free from sexual harassment, sooner.”
This training program is specifically designed to provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the workplace implications associated with effectively managing employees and contractors, while aligning with the new Australian Respect@Work legislation. By exploring the intricacies of employee and contractor relationships, participants will gain insights into their pivotal role in organisational success. Through interactive sessions, real-world case studies, and discussions, participants will gain better understanding with the challenges and opportunities that arise when managing a diverse workforce.
The program goes beyond traditional management practices and highlights the importance of addressing issues related to sexual harassment, sex-based discrimination, workplace hostility, and victimisation. It emphasises that employers and PCBUs have a new positive duty to take reasonable measures to eliminate these harmful behaviours. Participants will develop a comprehensive understanding of the obligations set forth by the Respect@Work legislation, and the significance of creating a safe, respectful, and inclusive work environment.
By the end of the program, participants will be equipped with practical strategies and tools to optimise the performance of employees and contractors. They will have a deep comprehension of effective management practices that align with the principles of the Respect@Work legislation. This knowledge empowers participants to foster a more productive and harmonious work environment while ensuring compliance with the legal obligations outlined in the Act.
By actively engaging in this training program, participants contribute to the overall goal of promoting a culture of respect, dignity, and fairness in their organisations. They become champions for change, equipped with the knowledge and skills to create workplaces that adhere to the principles of the Respect@Work legislation, resulting in improved employee satisfaction, increased productivity, and a positive organisational reputation.