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Respect@Work Council

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Everyone has the right to be free from sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Respect@Work Council brings together leaders from key government regulators and policy makers responsible for sexual harassment policies and complaints to improve coordination, consistency and clarity across existing legal and regulatory frameworks.

The Respect@Work Council aims to identify ways to promote safer workplaces through its role advising on the implementation of key commitments in the Roadmap for Respect. The Respect@Work Council will provide expert advice to governments as appropriate on workplace sexual harassment matters, including proposals for policy and legislative change.

Respect@Work Council Terms of Reference

The Respect@Work Council has held 3 meetings on:

  • 19 March 2021
  • 21 May 2021
  • 16 July 2021

The next meeting is scheduled for September 2021.

Read the meeting outcomes


The Respect@Work Council consists of the following core members:

  • Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • General Manager, Fair Work Commission
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
  • Chief Executive Officer, Safe Work Australia
  • Chair, Heads of Workplace Safety Authorities
  • Chair, Heads of Workers’ Compensation Authorities
  • Chair, Australian Council of Human Rights Authorities
  • Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency
  • Deputy Secretary, Integrity and International Group, Attorney-General’s Department.

Associate members of the Respect@Work Council include groups that represent employers and workers who provide expertise and advice on specific issues or areas of work relating to sexual harassment.

Media inquiries

Media inquiries concerning the Respect@Work Council should be directed to the Attorney-General's Department Media Team.

Interested stakeholder register

The Respect@Work Council Secretariat maintains a register of stakeholders who are interested in the work of the Respect@Work Council. If you would like to register your or your organisation’s interest in the Respect@Work Council to be kept up-to-date with the Respect@Work Council’s activities, please provide your contact details below and agree to the following privacy policy:


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