Consultation Paper: Respect@Work – Options to progress further legislative recommendations
The submission to the Attorney-General’s Department (the AGD) regarding its Consultation Paper: Respect@Work – Options to progress further legislative recommendations (the Consultation Paper1 and related survey of 42 questions titled Respect@Work – consultation on remaining legislative recommendations (the Survey)2 was prepared by the Law Council of Australia.
Behaviour constituting harassment and discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable but remains unfortunately commonplace. The Law Council is strongly supportive of the Australian Government’s efforts to drive necessary change through responding to and implementing the recommendations of the Sex Discrimination Commissioner’s Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (the Respect@Work Report).3
It is pleased to provide the following comments and suggestions in response to the current consultation, which is focused on recommendations 16(c), 17, 18, 19, 23 and 25 of the Respect@Work Report. In doing so, the Law Council pays close regard to the internal consistency and efficacy of the legal and policy framework as a whole, and the importance of cultural change as well as legislative reform in ensuring all people are free from discrimination and harassment.
1 Attorney-General’s Department, Consultation Paper: Respect@Work – Options to progress further legislative recommendations (online, February 2022)
2 Attorney-General’s Department, Respect@Work – consultation on remaining legislative recommendations (website, February 2022)