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Government response to Respect@Work sends strong message

Government response to Respect@Work sends strong message

The Morrison Government’s response to Respect@Work report sends a strong message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the workplace.

The amendments proposed to the Sex Discrimination Act and Fair Work Act allow for meaningful change to take place.

Tougher penalties, new dismissal laws and extending the lifespan of sexual harassment complaints will stamp down on this abhorrent behaviour and make workplaces safer for everyone.

“The proposed legal and regulatory changes will enable workplace cultural change to be accelerated. We urge bipartisan support for these changes.”

The Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) commits to working closely with the Government to implement these critical legislative and regulatory reforms in the minerals industry.

Earlier this year, the MCA announced the expansion of the scope of the minerals industry’s safety and health policy and released a strong and direct statement on the importance of eliminating sexual harassment in Australian mining workplaces.

The Safe, Healthy and Respectful Workplaces policy is focused on building and sustaining respectful workplaces, and combined with the industry’s commitment to eliminating sexual harassment will ensure Australian mining companies can work together to end unacceptable and illegal behaviour.

The MCA established a Board chaired Respect@Work Taskforce of members to drive this essential reform.

Sending a clear message across the minerals industry and the community that sexual harassment is unacceptable and will not be tolerated will put the sector on the right path for change.

The industry’s commitment will be implemented through an industry code and toolkit, to be released soon, to establish clear expectations and protocols on preventing and responding to sexual harassment in our workplaces.

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AMSJ April 2022