Safe and respectful workplace culture

Bullying and harassment, including sexual harassment, is unacceptable in all workplaces, including within parliamentarians' offices.

Review of the Parliamentary Workplaces: Responding to Serious Incidents

Stephanie Foster PSM has released the consultation copy of the Review of the Parliamentary Workplaces: Responding to Serious Incidents. The report has made recommendations to improve how serious incidents are prevented and dealt with in parliamentary workplaces including:

  • independent, trauma-informed services
  • independent complaints body
  • tailored face-to-face education program addressing WHS obligations, respectful workplace culture and responding to serious incidents in the workplace.

The Parliamentary Support Line 1800 APH SPT, was established in March as an immediate response to these recommendations. MaPS is working with the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet to develop and pilot the education program. The report is currently being consulted across government.

Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

The Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting an Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces. Its aim is to ensure all Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces are safe and respectful and that the parliament reflects best practice in the prevention and handling of bullying, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.

The Australian Human Rights Commission encourages people who are currently working or have previously worked in Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces to share their experiences with the Review. Information on participating is available on the Review website.