Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

(Infographic: Australian Human Rights Commission)


Women have the right to enjoy success in their chosen career in any workplace.

WEL's sexual harassment and assault in the workplace survey has now closed. We will publish our submission in late February 2019.

Sexual harassment and assault of women in the workplace has been a norm for women for centuries, with habitual behaviours being ignored or tolerated. Women have lived in fear for their safety and their job security with many not trusting reporting systems within their workplace to protect them, despite sexual harassment being illegal since 1984.

There have been considerable improvements made across workplaces with rigorous policies and reporting mechanisms put into place and used by many women successfully calling out this behaviour by men. In more and more cases they have also achieved recognition and appropriate responses from employers. For too many this behaviour still exists in overt and subtle ways within an organisations culture, and it is still going unchecked.

WEL would like to hear from every woman about your historical and current experiences of workplace sexual harassment and abuse. Your responses will inform our submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s EVERYONE’s Business Inquiry into Workplace Sexual Harassment.

This is the first Inquiry of its kind in the world, and is a direct result of the current #MeToo spotlight, and the commitment governments and civil society organisations have to eradicating these illegal behaviours from our workplaces.

Sexual harassment is defined in the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 as any unwelcome sexual advance, request for sexual favours or conduct of a sexual nature in relation to the person harassed in circumstances where a reasonable person would have anticipated the possibility that the person harassed would be offended, humiliated or intimidated.

We encourage every woman (WEL member or not) to complete this survey. Please share it with friends, family and colleagues. It can be completed anonymously if you like. Your personal information will not be shared with anyone under our strict privacy policy.

For questions about this survey please contact WEL – or phone 02 9517-4475.