Prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace

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A prevention of sexual harassment policy has been developed for the Northern Territory Public Service (NTPS).

Commissioner for Public Employment Vicki Telfer made a commitment to develop the policy as an identified action under the sector-wide response plan to the 2021 People Matter Survey.

The survey found 30% of respondents reported witnessing bullying and/or harassment, and 29% of respondents reported experiencing bullying and/or harassment in the previous 12 months.

Our new policy for the prevention of sexual harassment in the workplace is clear: sexual harassment is unlawful and will not be tolerated in the NTPS.

Read more about the policy.

All employees are responsible for the prevention of sexual harassment and in supporting and promoting a safe working environment.

The Northern Territory (NT) Government is committed to providing a safe, flexible and respectful environment for employees and clients that is free from all forms of sexual harassment at work.

The policy also outlines how sexual harassment can occur beyond the physical workplace and outside normal working hours and also involve technology and social media.

To help prevent and respond to employees’ sexual harassment complaints a reporting mechanism will begin development in 2022.

“There is no place for sexual harassment in the Northern Territory and every person should feel safe and protected at work.

“I am committed to providing a safe, flexible and respectful environment for employees irrespective of gender, age, sexuality, ethnicity, ability, culture or religion,” Ms Telfer said.

In 2020, the sexual violence prevention and response framework 2020-2028 was launched; the NT’s first strategy to prevent and respond to sexual violence, reduce its incidence and support those who experience it to be safe and heal.

Read the framework on the Territory Families, Housing and Communities website.

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