In our February 2018 Insight, we argued that sexual harassment in the workplace should be more properly considered as a work health and safety risk rather than as a human resources issue.

The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) recently announced an independent national inquiry into sexual harassment in the workplace, and the Safety Institute of Australia supported this and confirmed the view that harassment and abuse in the workplace is a health and safety issue.

The inquiry, carried out by the sex discrimination commissioner Kate Jenkins, will run over 12 months, and will involve public consultations in major cities and regional centres as well as submissions from any interested party.

Keep an eye on the inquiry webpage for upcoming details of the timeframe, consultations and submissions process.