Know your rights and responsibilities
As an employee, you have a right to feel safe at work. Your employer is responsible for providing and maintaining a safe workplace that is free of sexual harassment.
You are also protected from sexual harassment at work under equal opportunity and anti-discrimination laws.
As an employee, you also have a responsibility to take reasonable care of your own health and safety in the workplace, as well as the health and safety of others who may be affected by what you do or don't do.
If you are experiencing sexual harassment, there are a number of services available to support you.
If you have experienced work-related sexual harassment there are a range of options and support services available. If you feel safe to do so, you should report sexual harassment directly through your incident reporting system or directly to your manager or to human resources. If this is not possible or practical in your situation, other options for reporting the issue include:
- WorkSafe advisory service
- Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission, VEOHRC
- Free anonymous chat tool
- Victoria Legal Aid
- Victoria Police
- Victorian Aboriginal Legal Services
- We are union
- Fair Work Commission
Making a report on someone else's behalf
Third parties (for example, if you have witnessed sexual harassment or been made aware of sexual harassment by the person affected) can also make a report through the above mechanisms, but you must consult with the person affected and agree on next steps before you do so.
It is important that the person affected is in agreement with, and has control over actions the third party is taking on their behalf. This includes agreement on any action taken to report the sexual harassment, as well as having oversight of the process, and being informed of the response to a report of sexual harassment.
In many cases, if a third party makes a report of sexual harassment, the responding organisation will need to make contact directly with the person affected in order to pursue the matter. Third parties can contact the above organisations to have a discussion about the process for reporting and responding to sexual harassment, without providing any details of the specific incident.
There are also dedicated programs to specifically support women, men, and people who are LGBTQIA+, young, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, migrants or refugees who are affected by sexual harassment.
- Victims of Crime helpline
- Sexual Assault Services Victoria
- Djirra Aboriginal Family Violence Prevention Legal Services
- Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service (VALS)
- Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health
- The Migrant Workers Centre
- MensLine Australia
Information in other languages
ਕੰਮ ਨਾਲ ਸਬੰਧਿਤ ਜਿਨਸੀ ਪਰੇਸ਼ਾਨੀ: ਆਪਣੇ ਅਧਿਕਾਰਾਂ ਬਾਰੇ ਜਾਣੋ (Punjabi)
التحرش الجنسي المرتبط بالعمل: اعرف حقوقك (Arabic)
Gangguan Seksual berkaitan pekerjaan: ketahui hak anda (Malay)
රැකියා සම්බන්ධ ලිංගික හිරිහැර කිරීම්: ඔබේ අයිතීන් දැනගන්න (Sinhalese)
வேலை-தொடர்பான பாலியல் தொந்தரவு (Tamil)
与工作相关的性骚扰：了解您的权利 (Chinese simplified)
與工作相關的性騷擾：知道您的權利 (Chinese traditional)