New statistics show one in three people have experienced sexual harassment at work in the last five years. For more than half of people (56%) who had repeated experiences, the harassment had been ongoing for more than six months.
This information is contained in a newly published infographic from Safe Work Australia, Workplace sexual harassment statistics, which highlights the industries where sexual harassment is higher than the national rate of 33%. These industries are:
- information, media and telecommunications 81%
- arts and recreation services 49%
- electricity, gas, water and waste services 47%
- retail trade 42%
- mining 40%.
What to do if you are sexually harassed at work – has information on relevant laws and advice on dealing with harassment in the workplace or when seeking outside support.
Work health and safety laws require a person conducting a business or undertaking to do all they reasonably can to prevent sexual harassment from occurring at work, the same as for other risks to health and safety.
The new SWA infographics are part of a suite of resources that also include guidance materials and information sheets to help PCBUs, such as employers and small businesses, understand what sexual harassment is and what their duties are regarding it at work. These resources provide practical steps on how to prevent sexual harassment occurring in the workplace.
- Preventing workplace sexual harassment
- Workplace sexual harassment – advice for workers
- What is workplace sexual harassment?
- The impacts of sexual harassment
- Workplace sexual harassment – Your WHS duties
- Steps to prevent workplace sexual harassment
- Workplace sexual harassment statistics
- What to do if are sexually harassed at work