New campaign to end sexual harassment at work

Our Watch

National violence prevention organisation Our Watch is launching a new campaign to support business leaders to take action to prevent sexual harassment.

The Commonwealth Government funded Lead the Change campaign aims to support workplaces to meet new regulations that require employers to actively take steps to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace.

New data released today by Our Watch shows that up to 9 in 10 workplace leaders surveyed believe sexual harassment at work is a serious issue and should be priority for employers to address.*

More than four million people have experienced sexual harassment at work in the past five years, including 41% of all female workers. Incidents are much higher in male-dominated sectors including construction, retail, telecommunications and mining.

From December, new legal regulations have required all employers to take proactive steps to prevent sexual harassment, representing a significant shift from responding to complaints after incidents occur.

/Public Release.