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    Speaking from Experience: Asking First Nations workers what needs to change to address workplace sexual harassment?

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    Event description

    The Australian Human Rights Commission wants to hear from First Nations workers who have been sexually harassed at work on what they think needs to change to make workplaces safer. You are invited to attend a group workshop facilitated by Dr Anna Cody, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner.

    The information gathered will help create resources to make workplaces safer for everyone.  

    We want to hear from First Nations workers because they unfortunately experience higher rates of workplace sexual harassment. It's important that we listen and learn from First Nations people in order to make workplaces safer. 

    Join us on Thursday 13 June, 2:30 pm– 4:00 pm (AEST) with at Queen Victoria Women's Centre (210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000).

    You will receive a $120 gift voucher for attendance and there will be food and drinks. Limited spaces are available.

    If the session is full, and you are interested in taking part, you can email the Speaking from Experience team to find out about other ways to take part. Please email  


    What to expect

    A group workshop, facilitated by Dr Anna Cody, the Sex Discrimination Commissioner to discuss three key questions: 

    1. What you think an unhelpful response to workplace sexual harassment would look like?
    2. What you think a helpful response to workplace sexual harassment would look like?  
    3. What you think needs to change to address workplace sexual harassment?

      You will not be asked to share your personal experience of workplace sexual harassment.  

      An information pack will be shared with you once you register. This will include information about the project, an agenda, and what to expect.  

      Before you take part, we will ask for your consent to collect information you share.   

      Important things to remember 

      We will not include your name or any personal details in any of the resources to be developed.   

      The Speaking from Experience project is not an official complaint process and will not solve problems. It will give you the opportunity to share what you think needs to change to make workplaces safer. We can provide you with information about how to make a complaint, if you would like.  

      There will be no counsellors at the meeting, however, you will be provided with a list of services that you can contact for support.  

      Getting there 

      Location: Queen Victoria Women's Centre (210 Lonsdale St, Melbourne VIC 3000).

      Visitors with mobility aids accessing the centre from Lonsdale street are advised to take the ramp on the western (left-hand side) of the building along Shilling Lane. This will direct them to the automated doors at the rear of QVWC.

      A small number of curbside City of Melbourne parks are located in front of QVWC on Lonsdale St, with a larger volume of curbside and central parks found on Russel St proximate to Artemis Lane. Disabled parks are also located in these bays.

      Fees and payment 

      Participation is unpaid. However, if you come to the in-person meeting, we will give you a $120 cash card to help with some of the costs of being part of the meeting. 


      The Commission has translators and interpreters available. Please indicate if you would like either to be present when you register.  

      Other ways to contribute

      You can also share your thoughts online through the Speaking from Experience website. Anyone over 18 who has been sexually harassed at work can make a submission. You can write it down or audio record it. You can do this until September 2024.  

      To learn more about what workplace sexual harassment is and what you can do if it happens to you, please visit the Australian Human Rights Commission website

      Ethics approval 

      This project has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) of The University of Sydney (HREC Approval Number: 2023/580) 

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