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Speaking from Experience: Asking LGBTIQ+ 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 LGBTIQ+ people who have been sexually harassed at work on what they think needs to change to make workplaces safer. The information gathered will help create resources to make workplaces safer for everyone.

People from the LGBTIQ+ community are sexually harassed at higher rates than people who identify as heterosexual and/or cis gendered. This is why the Commission wants to learn more about what needs to change to address workplace sexual harassment and make workplaces safer for the LGBTIQ+ community.

What to expect:

A group workshop, facilitated by 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 else to expect.

    Catering will be provided. We’ll ask for your dietary requirements when you register.

    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 for making official complaints or resolving 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.

    Geeting there 

    Location: Pride WA, 142 James Street, Northbridge, Perth

    Entrance is under the big TV screen and there is a Pride WA flag outside. 

    The venue is a 10 minute walk from Perth Train Station. There is plenty of street parking (2-hour limited and paid), and a paid car park (up to all day parking) at Roe Street, Northbridge.  


    The Commission has translators and interpreters available. Please indicate if you would like either present when you register. Please indicate if you have any other accommodation requests at registration.

    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. 

    Other ways to contribute:

    From March 19, you can also share your thoughts online through the Australian Human Rights Commission 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)

    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

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