About the Sexual harassment awareness reporting engagement (SHare) strategy
About the Speak Up. Report It. campaign.
On 29 November 2022, the Western Australian Government released a statement providing a progress update on a wide range of actions to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in Western Australian workplaces in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining industry.
To ensure increased awareness of the WorkSafe 24/7 reporting line the campaign will be phased with focuses on individuals and bystanders as well as managers and PCBUs.
What is sexual harassment
Workplace sexual harassment is any behaviour directed at any person that affects a person because of their sex, gender or sexual orientation, or because they do not adhere to socially prescribed gender roles, that creates a risk to a person’s health or safety.
PCBUs have a responsibility to keep their workers safe
Some types of sexual harassment include touching, staring or leering, suggestive comments or jokes, sexually explicit pictures or posters, repeated invitations to go out on dates, requests for sex, intrusive questions about a person's private life or body, unnecessary contact, such as deliberately brushing up against a person, insults or taunts based on sex or gender, sexually explicit physical contact, sexually explicit emails, text messages, or social media activity.
On 29 November 2022, the McGowan Government released a statement providing a progress update on a wide range of actions to tackle sexual assault and sexual harassment in Western Australian workplaces in response to the Parliamentary inquiry into the fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) mining industry. It included the following commitments:
It remains the responsibility of PCBUs and mine operators to ensure the regulator is informed of notifiable and reportable incidents. WorkSafe continues to remind duty holders of their reporting obligations and the accessibility of WorkSafe’s 24/7 reporting line.
All workers including bystanders can access the WorkSafe 24/7 reporting line. The incident information is triaged and assigned to the appropriate business area.
The campaign will be a three-phased approach directed exclusively towards the WA mining sector. Phase one will address the individual or victims of sexual harassment highlighting we are here to help. Phase two will target bystanders and witnesses, and the role they have in reporting sexual harassment and stopping the behaviour; while Phase three will target PCBUs and site senior executives and highlight their duty to keep everyone healthy and safe at work, including at employer-provided accommodation.
This campaign specifically targets the WA mining sector.
- Victims of workplace sexual harassment
- All WA mining workers
- PCBUs and site senior executives
Codes of practice
- Violence and aggression at work - WHS code of practice - The Violence and aggression at work code of practice focuses on the general principles applied to the prevention and management of violence and aggression in the workplace. The intent of this code is to provide practical guidance for workplaces where people may be exposed to various forms of violence and aggression at work, including physical assault, sexual assault, verbal abuse, threats, intimidation and harassment, including sexual harassment.
- Workplace behaviour - WHS code of practice - It provides practical guidance on the processes a PCBU could use to identify and manage inappropriate or unreasonable behaviour at work.
- Psychosocial hazards in the workplace - WHS code of practice - Provides practical guidance on the processes a PCBU could use to identify and manage psychosocial hazards at work.
- Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors - This code of practice provides guidance on creating and maintaining a mentally healthy workplace for workplaces in Western Australia that utilise fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work arrangements.
- Gendered violence: Notification of sexual harassment and/or assault to WorkSafe Mines Safety - This information sheet is intended to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to respond to incidents of mine site gendered violence.
- Gendered violence: Sexual assault - This information sheet is intended to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to prevent and respond to incidents of workplace gendered violence.
- Gendered violence: Sexual harassment - This information sheet is intended to assist persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs) to prevent and respond to incidents of workplace gendered violence.
- Guidance for individuals when making a complaint about gendered violence - This guidance is designed to provide you with information about the complaint-making process, and access to resources if you have experienced or been affected by such incidents.
- Think psychological - Learn about DMIRS' Triage function and how the Triage team are working to ensure a more effective and consistent process for prioritising and managing incoming reports.
- Incident notification - Focuses on the risk based management of psychosocial hazards.
- Gendered violence and mental health: Reporting - This video outlines the expectations of WorkSafe Mines Safety in the reporting of all gendered violence and psychosocial harm incidents reporting.
- Incident notification - This guideline provides an overview on mandatory reporting requirements for incidents that must be notified to the regulator under Work Health and Safety (WHS) legislation.
- Sexual harassment evaluation tool for mining operation workers - This safe self-assessment questionnaire is designed to give you guidance and support after experiencing sexual harassment on a mine site.
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