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RESPECT @ WORK

RESPECT @ WORK

Stay up to date with progress and understand what these new laws mean for Australian employers.

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UNPACKING RESPECT@WORK

In early 2020, the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) landmark Respect@Work Report was released.

It found that one in three Australians has experienced sexual harassment at work, and made a number of recommendations for change.

Those recommendations will soon put the onus on employer organisations to take steps that will prevent sex-based harassment and discrimination in their workplaces.

But what will these new laws really mean for employers?

Community and political consensus is clear that Australia needs to change the way it thinks about what constitutes a ‘safe workplace’.

The Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022 recognises this. It enacts legislative recommendations which shift the focus from reactive, complaints-based responses regarding individual incidents to a more proactive and preventative approach.

It puts the onus on employers to assume harassment and discrimination is happening, and take action to prevent and eliminate it.

What exactly employers should do to meet their ‘positive duty’ is yet to be seen, but legal experts have shed light on how these provisions will likely be interpreted. 

To help employers prepare, Future Women’s Head of Research and Insights Ruby Leahy Gatfield and Director of Diversity and Inclusion Programs Tarang Chawla facilitated a discussion with a distinguished panel of experts, including Padma Raman, Prabha Nandagopal, Dr Katie Spearrit and Dr Karen O'Connell, to unpack the new legislation and what it means for employers. 

STAY CONNECTED

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RESOURCES
RESPECT@WORK: UNPACKING NEW LEGISLATION FOR EMPLOYERS

VIRTUAL

In this essential session, we help you understand the significance of the Respect@Work Report and the implications of the imminent legislation.

 

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EVENTS
FUTURE WOMEN LEADERSHIP SUMMIT MONDAY MARCH 6 & TUESDAY MARCH 7 2023

SYDNEY | MELBOURNE | VIRTUAL

Join us for two days of inspiring keynote speeches, panel discussions, and unrivalled networking opportunities.

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RESOURCES
A BREAKDOWN OF THE RESPECT@WORK BILL 2022

We explain what you need to know about the long-awaited legislation.

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RESOURCES
WHY EMPLOYERS SHOULDN’T BE SCARED OF RESPECT@WORK

We break down what the legislation means for employers in practical terms and what they can do to meet their new responsibilities head on.

GET AHEAD OF THE CURVE

The Respect@Work Bill prohibits hostile environments on the basis of sex and requires employers actively prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. 

For the first time, employers will be liable for the behaviour of their employees, unless they can show they took proactive steps to prevent an alleged incident. 

This ‘positive duty’ to take practical action can include embedding training for managers on gender inequity and the causes of sexual harassment (like Change Makers), or putting in place support staff and processes on how to respond.

TAKE ACTION

For too long, men have been left out of the gender equality conversation. People of all genders need to be engaged and active on equality if we’re going to stamp out sexual harassment and gendered discrimination for good. 

Change Makers is Future Women’s two-day training program for mid-to-senior career men, providing the tools, language and confidence they need to build inclusive, gender-equal workplaces. It’s the only program of its kind in Australia, developed in consultation with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins.

The success of this program is significant, and has been proven effective in a range of settings, industries and employee levels.

Change Makers is one way you can start proactively preventing gender discrimination in your workplace, today. 

In the past year, Future Women has delivered over ten sessions of Change Makers to more than 240 participants, including a number of bespoke programs for specific organisations. Of these participants:

  • 99% said they could apply learnings in their workplace
  • 98% said the facilitators were engaging 
  • 95% said the topics covered were relevant
  • 95% said the Change Makers experience was valuable.
  • 100% said the program met their expectations, with 79% saying their expectations were exceeded. 

DROP US A LINE

Future Women provides bespoke support for organisations to lead the way in workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.

Our team of passionate specialists can help you to drive the structural and cultural change needed, providing cutting-edge advice and strategic actions to help you reap the benefits of healthy workplace culture. 

Contact hello@futurewomen.com if you are interested in:

  • a presentation on what we do and why gender equality is important
  • a tailored training session or corporate package 
  • advice on a specific problem relating to gender equality.  
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OTHER RESOURCES

1 February 2022 - VIRTUAL

Helen McCabe and Sally Spicer were joined by very special guest, author and journalist Amy Remeikis.

Amy found herself in the headlines - rather than writing them - after an on-air conversation with Peter Van Onselen on The Project over *that* Grace Tame photo op with former Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

9 February 2022 - VIRTUAL

Grace Tame and Brittany Higgins had just addressed the National Press Club in two blistering speeches that pulled no punches.

Helen McCabe and Jamila Rizvi went live to discuss these scathing addresses in an unmissable FW live.

7 September 2022 - VIRTUAL

"If untapped women’s workforce participation was a massive ore deposit, we would have governments lining up to give tax concessions to get it out of the ground," said Danielle Wood, CEO of the Grattan Institute at the much-anticipated Jobs and Skills Summit.

As promised, women - and our economic security - were at the heart of many conversations.

So. What next? Helen and Jamila give us a glimpse behind the curtain to the most exclusive event of the year, and explain where we go from here.

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