Understand what you can do if someone is sexually harassing you at work. Use this information when the conduct started on or after 6 March 2023. If the conduct started before this date, see Sexual harassment commencing before 6 March 2023.
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Talk to someone you trust about what happened. This could be someone at work, a friend, a union representative or a health professional.
Consider whether to talk to the person
You could tell the person their behaviour is inappropriate and ask them to stop if it is safe to do so.
You don’t have to speak to the person (or to anyone else) about what happened before coming to the Commission. It’s your choice.
Ask the workplace for help
You could try to resolve the issue using support available at your work.
You could start by speaking to the:
- supervisor or manager
- human resources department
- health and safety representative
- union representative
- an employee assistance program (EAP), if available – you may be able to use this to access free professional counselling.
Consider making an internal complaint
Your workplace may have sexual harassment policies and processes in place. Think about whether you want to make a formal or informal complaint to human resources or your manager so it can be investigated.
Find out whether a government body can help
Depending on what has happened, different government bodies might be able to help you.
Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman
The Fair Work Ombudsman has information for people who may have experienced sexual harassment in connection with work and for employers, including about protections from sexual harassment, preventing and managing sexual harassment in the workplace. Visit the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website at Sexual harassment in the workplace .
Get legal advice
Contact the Commission
Commission staff on our Helpline can give you information on:
- who can apply to the Commission
- Commission processes
- how to make or respond to a claim about a sexual harassment dispute
- how to fill out a form
- where to find helpful information
- other organisations that might be able to help.
Commission staff can’t give you legal advice or tell you how to run your case.
You can also find useful information about who to contact about:
- sexual harassment and discrimination
- sexual harassment and the general protections and
- sexual harassment and work health and safety.
Apply for the Commission to deal with a sexual harassment dispute
You may be eligible to apply for us to deal with a sexual harassment dispute and seek orders to stop the sexual harassment. See Who can apply to us to deal with a sexual harassment dispute.
Contact the Australian Human Rights Commission
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) accepts complaints about sexual harassment and sex-based discrimination. Its website also has links to support services for sexual harassment, sexual assault, mental health, rape, domestic violence and work health and safety in each state and territory.
Call the police
Some forms of sexual harassment are also crimes.
To find out more, contact your local police station on 131 444 (Australia wide).