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National inquiry into sexual harassment in workplaces

Media Release

Minister for Foreign Affairs
Minister for Women
Senator The Hon Marise Payne

Attorney General
Minister for Industrial Relations
The Hon Christian Porter MP

The Morrison Government welcomes the release today of the report by the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), following its National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.

The Government will now take the time to carefully consider the report and its recommendations, recognising that states and territories, and the private sector, also have a key role to play.

The Government is committed to ensuring Australian workplaces are safe and free from sexual harassment. No one should have to suffer sexual harassment at work, or in any other part of their lives.

That is why we provided $550,000 in funding to support the National Inquiry to comprehensively investigate this issue, which continues to pervade Australian businesses.

The report examines the nature, prevalence and drivers of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces, and involved extensive consultations with business groups, academics, government agencies, community bodies and victims of sexual harassment.

We thank the AHRC, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, and the contributors to the report.