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Submissions are now open. The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2019.
 
The Australian Human Rights Commission is asking individuals and organisations to tell us about their views, experiences and suggestions for change as part of the National Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. You can have your say by writing to us using the online form below (this is called making an online submission).
 
You should address at least one of the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry, as set out at Part E of the online form.

The focus of the Inquiry is on:

  • the nature and prevalence of sexual harassment in Australian workplaces
  • the drivers of this harassment, and
  • measures to address sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

The Commission will not be investigating or making findings about individual allegations of sexual harassment as part of the Inquiry. However, the Commission is interested in hearing from individuals and organisations about their views and experiences relating to sexual harassment in Australian workplaces.

Telling someone about an experience of sexual harassment can be distressing. Appropriate support and information services have been provided below, if required during or after completing your submission. 

If you require support in making your submission or prefer not to submit via this online form, please contact the National Inquiry Project Team at:  SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or on: (02) 9284 9750 to ensure reasonable adjustments can be made. 

For further information about the submissions process please read FAQs below about submissions. For additional information on the Inquiry, please visit the Inquiry webpage.

Submissions to this Inquiry will be treated as confidential unless you ask that your submission be made public. We will not publish confidential submissions on our website. We may use material from confidential submissions, such as quotes, case studies or other references in the report produced as a result of the Inquiry. If we do this, we will remove any personal information so that you or other people referred to in your submission cannot be identified.

We will not release confidential submissions to anyone without your consent unless required by law. In the case of a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) there are likely to be relevant exemptions to production (including for material obtained in confidence and personal information). We would consult you about any FOI request before any decision was made about releasing information.

If you wish to have your submission published on the Commission’s website, please check ‘yes’ in the relevant box below. Please note that the Commission may decide not to publish personal information identified in submissions, and may redact parts of submissions prior to publication. As such, please use pseudonyms, not real names, in your submission.

Parts A, B and C of the online form also ask for some basic demographic information. Answering these questions is optional. If you do not feel comfortable or cannot answer a particular question, you can leave the response blank. For submissions published on our website, we will typically include the name of the person or business/organisation making the submission but we will not include on the website the other personal information, or the demographic information requested.

Information collected through submissions (both public and confidential submissions) will be used for the purposes of the Inquiry and may be drawn upon, quoted or referred to in the Inquiry report. If information provided is included in the Inquiry report, it will be published under a Creative Commons licence and the contents of the report will be able to be used freely for other purposes. Submissions may also be used to inform future work by the Commission and the Sex Discrimination Commissioner in relation to sexual harassment.

 

Telling someone about an experience of sexual harassment can be distressing. If you decide to make a submission but find that either during or after completing the submission, that relaying the experience(s) of harassment is causing you distress, you can access counselling and other support through:

  • 1800RESPECT (Ph: 1800 737 732) - National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service.

If you want any further information concerning this Inquiry or if you have any problems which may be related to your involvement in the Inquiry you can contact the National Inquiry Project Team at: SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or on: (02) 9284 9750.

If you would like more information about sexual harassment, or you would like to make a complaint of sexual harassment to the Australian Human Rights Commission, you can contact the National Information Service:

Phone: 1300 656 419 or 02 9284 9888
Email: infoservice@humanrights.gov.au
Fax: 02 9284 9611|
Online
: Enquiry form
TTY: 1800 620 241 (toll free)
National Relay Service:1300 555 727 (Speak and Listen) or www.relayservice.gov.au
Translating and Interpreting Service: 131 450 or www.tisnational.gov.au

You can also make a complaint online at www.humanrights.gov.au/complaints/make-complaint

1. How can I make a submission?

You can make a submission using the online form.

If you would like to make a submission in another way please contact the National Inquiry Project Team at SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or on (02) 9284 9750 to ensure reasonable adjustments can be made. This could include making a verbal submission to a member of our team as an alternative to putting it in writing.

2. What information are you hoping to receive through submissions?

The Commission is calling for submissions that address at least one of the Terms of Reference for the Inquiry as set out on the Inquiry webpage.

In responding to the Terms of Reference, the Commission is very keen on hearing from organisations and from individuals, including employees, employers and members of the public, about experiences within Australian workplaces and suggestions for change.

3. Will my submission be made public?

Submissions to this Inquiry will be treated as confidential unless you ask that your submission be made public. We will not publish confidential submissions on our website. We may use material from confidential submissions, such as quotes, case studies or other references in the report produced as a result of the Inquiry. If we do this, we will remove any personal information so that you or other people referred to in your submission cannot be identified.

We will not release confidential submissions to anyone without your consent unless required by law. Documents held by the Commission may be subject to a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (Cth) (FOI Act). In the case of a request under the FOI Act there are likely to be relevant exemptions to production (including for material obtained in confidence and personal information). We would consult you about any FOI request before any decision was made about releasing information.

If you wish to have your submission published on the Commission’s website, you must select the relevant option on the online form. Publication by the Commission is at the discretion of the Commission. We may decide not to publish submissions or to redact information in submissions, such as personal information, prior to publication. As such, please use pseudonyms, not real names, in your submission.

4. How will my submission be used?

Information collected through submissions (both public and confidential submissions) will be used for the purposes of the Commission’s Inquiry into sexual harassment in Australian workplaces and may be drawn upon, quoted or referred to in the Inquiry report. As noted above, if material from confidential submissions is used in this way, it will be de-identified. If information provided is included in the Inquiry report, it will be published under a Creative Commons licence and the contents of the report will be able to be used freely for other purposes. Submissions may also be used to inform future work by the Commission and the Sex Discrimination Commissioner in relation to sexual harassment.

5. Can organisations or groups make a submission?

Yes, the Commission is happy to hear from anyone who would like to share their views on these issues.

6. Can I support someone else to make a submission?

Yes, this Commission is more than happy for individuals or organisations to provide support to individuals to make a submission.

7. What is the closing date for submissions?

The closing date for submissions is 31 January 2019.

8. Can I obtain a copy of my submission after I have submitted it?

Yes, a copy of your submission will be emailed to the email address provided. If you do not wish to provide your email address or do not receive a copy of your submission, please contact the National Inquiry Project Team at SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au or on (02) 9284 9750.

9. Why do you need my personal information?

Parts A, B and C of the submissions form ask for details such as your name, address, email address and telephone number in case we need to contact you about your submission. It also asks for some basic demographic information that will help inform the work of the Inquiry. While we may include aggregated demographic data in the Inquiry report this will not identify any individual person. For submissions published on our website, we will typically include the name of the person making the submission but we will not include on the website the other personal information, or the demographic information requested.

Circumstances in which we would contact you regarding your submission include:

  • to provide you with information about support services available to you
  • to clarify information contained in the submission, and
  • to notify you of the publication of our report.

10. Where can I find more information on submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission?

The Australian Human Rights Commission has a policy that provides further information on the use, publication and access to submissions. The submission policy is located at: www.humanrights.gov.au/submission-policy.

The Commission also has a policy that provides further information on privacy, including the collection, storage, use and disclosure of your personal information. The privacy policy is located at: https://www.humanrights.gov.au/privacy.

Submission Form

PART A: Contact Details
PART B: Demographic Details - Individuals

If your submission is presented on behalf of a business/organisation, please proceed to PART C of this form below.

Please note: responding to these questions is optional. If there are questions you feel do not apply to you or which you do not feel comfortable answering or cannot answer, please feel free to leave the response blank.

PART C: Business/Organisation Details (where applicable)

If yes

PART D: Nature of submission: confidential or public
Submission policy (required)
Public submission
Your submission will remain confidential unless you ask for it to be made public by selecting YES above.
PART E: Submitting to the Terms of Reference

Which terms of reference does your submission address? Please select all that apply

Terms of Reference
Part F: Submission
Attachment
You may also choose to upload a file as your submission. Please name your submission/attachment as your full name. If you have difficulty loading your file, please contact us. If you would like to upload multiple files, please upload them in one zip file, or alternatively, please email additional attachments to SH.Inquiry@humanrights.gov.au
Files must be less than 8 MB.
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