Protections lacking for making bullying complaints in NSW ministerial offices: report
Staffers working for NSW ministers don’t have access to adequate protections to ensure they can safely report workplace sexual harassment and bullying, a new report has found.
Former sex discrimination commissioner and NSW Liberal Minister Pru Goward’s report on complaints procedures for NSW ministerial staff was made public on Wednesday by Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
Ms Berejiklian ordered the review after she reacted with “horror” to the allegations put forward by former commonwealth ministerial staffer Brittany Higgins, who alleges she was raped.
The findings, handed to the Premier last Monday, were published along with a promise by Ms Berejiklian to develop a “new safety net”.
Women’s Safety NSW chief executive Hayley Foster said she was pleased to see the government commit to accepting the recommendations.
“It’s pleasing to see the NSW government taking steps to address bullying, harassment, and sexual misconduct in the NSW parliament,” she told NCA NewsWire.
“It is essential that all employers take proactive steps to ensure the safety of its employees at work. Everyone deserves to be safe in their workplace. And the standards within our parliaments, who make the laws under which we all operate, should be exemplar of good practice.
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