A report concerning harassment in State Parliament has been provided to the President of the Legislative Council and the Speaker of the House of Assembly.
The review, conducted by the Acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner, examined how workplace harassment is managed and reported in Parliament House, as well as opportunities to better prevent harassment and improve the current policies and procedures.
Acting Commissioner Emily Strickland said anyone working in Parliament House, including staff and elected members, was able to take part in the review through online surveys, interviews and written feedback.
“I’d like to thank everyone who provided feedback into this review, for helping to share their experience and insights into the parliamentary workplace culture; talking about these issues isn’t always easy,” Ms Strickland said.
“The information provided has been invaluable in helping us to understand the workplace environment and practices and policies that could be improved, so that all employees are treated fairly and with respect.
“I also commend both houses of parliament for their courage and leadership in commissioning this review; demonstrating their commitment to a safe, fair and inclusive workplace for all.
“The report makes 16 recommendations to effect change at a process, systems and cultural level. I understand the Presiding Officers will table the report in parliament shortly.”
The Acting Commissioner will return to her substantive position as Deputy Ombudsman from 1 March. Steph Halliday has been appointed interim Equal Opportunity Commissioner while the government considers its options for a longer-term appointment.
“I look forward to briefing the incoming Acting Equal Opportunity Commissioner on the issues raised in this review, so she is well placed to provide advice to both houses of parliament on the implementation of the report recommendations as needed,” Ms Strickland said.
More information about the review is on the EOC website.