South Australian women experiencing sexual harassment in the workplace will have access to greater legal support thanks to a Government funding boost.
The State Government is in the process of finalising an arrangement with the Working Women's Centre of South Australia to provide additional legal assistance for victims of sexual harassment in the workplace.
The funding injection aligns with the recommendations in the Australian Human Rights Commission's Respect@Work report.
The report called for increased funding for working women's centres in recognition of the prevalence of harassment and discrimination faced by many women in the workplace.
The funding has been provided through the National Legal Assistance Partnership 2020-2025 with the Commonwealth Government and will go directly towards frontline services to address workplace sexual harassment and discrimination.
The Working Women's Centre, specialising in employment and industrial matters, provides free advice and confidential information, support and representation to vulnerable workers residing in South Australia about their rights at work.
Quotes attributable to Kyam Maher, Attorney-General
Sexual harassment and discrimination is far too prevalent in the workplace.
The Working Women's Centre of South Australia has played an integral role in supporting women in the workplace, and their team of experts are well-placed to deliver these much-needed additional services.
These additional supports send a clear message that sexual harassment is not welcome in the workplace, and we will always stand by victims of harassment and discrimination.
Quotes attributable to Katrine Hildyard , Minister for Women and the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
Our Government is steadfastly committed to working towards a gender equal future in which South Australian girls and women are safe, able to build a financially sustainable future, and empowered to equally and actively participate in the economy and in community life, free from sexual harassment.
The prevalence of women being exposed to sexual harassment, or gendered discrimination, in the workplace, or anywhere else, is utterly unacceptable.
The Respect@Work report recommendations urge governments to act to end this terrible scourge.
Through providing funding to outstanding organisations like the Working Women's Centre of South Australia, our government is taking action and fulfilling our commitment to work toward gender equality in all aspects of life.
Quotes attributable to Mark Dreyfus QC, Attorney-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
The Commonwealth Government is committed to protecting women from sexual harassment and gender-based violence. It is why our government will implement the recommendations of the Respect@Work report in full.
This funding, which will implement recommendation 53 of that report, is crucial to ensure victim-survivors can access the protections of our legal system.