Work-related sexual harassment: Know your responsibilities

Employers have a responsibility to prevent work-related sexual harassment.


Know your obligations

As an employer you must provide and maintain a healthy and safe working environment for your employees, including independent contractors, that is safe and without risks to their health so far as reasonably practical. You also have obligations to prevent and eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace under equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws.

You also have an obligation to consult with employees and health and safety representatives (if any) on matters that directly affect, or are likely to affect their health or safety, for example when identifying hazards and deciding on appropriate risk controls. This includes when identifying hazards and risks associated with sexual harassment.

We've prepared a detailed guide to help you maintain a safe workplace that is free of sexual harassment.

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Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission

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WorkSafe Advisory Service

WorkSafe's advisory service is available between 7:30am and 6:30pm Monday to Friday. If you need more support, you can also contact WorkSafe using the Translating and Interpreting Service (TIS National) or the National Relay Service.

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