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Positive Duty: Supporting safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces

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The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is hosting an informational webinar on the positive duty, our approach to regulation, and compliance.

Positive Duty: Supporting safe, inclusive and respectful workplaces

Join us and a panel of experts on 12 December for an in-depth exploration of the positive duty under the Sex Discrimination Act, the AHRC’s compliance and enforcement policy, and the focus on creating long-term and systemic change in the landscape of workplace sexual harassment and other unlawful behaviour.

Key Topics:

Why Positive Duty Matters:

    • Discuss the role of positive duty in fostering long-term change and the importance of addressing a spectrum of unlawful behaviours in the workplace.

Overview of Positive Duty and AHRC Resources:

    • Gain insights into the positive duty framework and discover valuable resources provided by the AHRC to support organisations in creating inclusive and respectful workplaces.

The AHRC's Approach to Compliance and Enforcement:

    • Understand the nuances of the recently introduced Compliance and Enforcement Policy by the AHRC and its implications for organisations and businesses working to meet compliance.

Q&A Session:

    • Your questions matter! Submit your queries before the event, and our panel of experts will address them during the live Q&A session. This is your chance to contribute to the conversation.

Webinar Details:

  • Date: 12 December 2023
  • Time: 12pm to 1pm AEST
  • Registration: Register here via Humanitix and a Zoom link will be emailed to you the morning of the webinar.

Submit Your Questions: Got a question about positive duty and compliance? Send them in advance and our experts may answer them live on the day. Email your question to respectatwork@humanrights.gov.au

Don't miss this opportunity to gain valuable insight to the positive duty and compliance, connect with subject matter experts, and contribute to the dialogue on creating safer, equal and more respectful workplaces.

The webinar will be recorded and published to the AHRC's website after the webinar.

Guest Speakers:

Dr Anna Cody, Sex Discrimination Commissioner

Dr Cody started as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission in September 2023. Before this, Dr Cody had a distinguished career as an academic, as a lawyer specialising in discrimination and as a passionate advocate for human rights. Her work over the years has included substantial advocacy to various United Nations human rights committees when they have reviewed Australia’s and other nations’ fulfilment of their human rights obligations.

Most recently she was the Dean of the School of Law and Professor at Western Sydney University for 4.5 years, leading education and research impact within the school to better reflect the diversity of the community and the intersection of law and justice.

Tanya Murphy, Director, Positive Duty, Compliance & Enforcement Team

Tanya Murphy is the Director of the Positive Duty Team with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Tanya has over 30 years’ experience working across different regulatory environments within Federal and State Governments and private industry.  Tanya specialises in compliance and enforcement regulatory operations and supportive frameworks to meet regulatory obligations and deliver on regulatory best practice principals. 

Tanya is facilitating the Commission’s preparedness for 12 December 2023, when it will receive new powers to regulate the ‘positive duty’ obligations under the Sex Discrimination Act 1984.

Ella Kucharova

Ella Kucharova has worked in the Legal team of the Australian Human Rights Commission for over 6 years, and is presently the Legal Director of the Commission’s Positive Duty Team.



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