Submissions are now open for the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual behaviour, whether physical, verbal or written. It is against the law, but it happens in too many workplaces, including our courts.
This independent Review has been established by the Victorian Government and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria. It will address how Victorian courts and tribunals can better support people who experience sexual harassment, increase reporting and accountability in these workplaces, and prevent future occurrences. Submissions close on Friday, 30 October 2020.
You can also share your personal experience confidentially
If you have experienced or witnessed sexual harassment in Victorian courts or VCAT, the Review is keen to hear from you. While they will not investigate specific complaints, stories of lived experience will help to ensure the Review’s recommendations meet the needs of individuals.
The Review team has partnered with the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC) to provide a safe and confidential way to tell your story. If you provide information to the VEOHRC – either in writing or over the telephone – you can be assured of your privacy and confidentiality. You may also share information anonymously. Information about how to share individual experiences is available on the website. You can also call the VEOHRC Harassment hotline on 1300 395 726 open 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday or email email@example.com or go to www.humanrights.vic.gov.au/courts-review.
Sharing your experience of sexual harassment can be distressing, and it can help to have access to experienced support. If you contact VEOHRC to share information about your experience, you will be offered information and referrals to support services. Contacts for support services are also available on the support page of the Review’s website.