Queensland to investigate sexual harassment protections for workers

JOINT STATEMENT

Sexual harassment protections for workers will be investigated as part of a review of Queensland’s industrial relations laws.

Speaking at Labour Day celebrations at Barcaldine in central Queensland, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said Queensland’s worker safety net was due for review.

“Our industrial protections must keep pace with the changing shape of work to ensure everyone gets a fair go,” the Premier said.

“And as recent events have shown, sexual harassment and gender inequity in the workplace is a pressing issue that needs addressing.

“Our review of the Industrial Relations Act will investigate industrial protections for workers subjected to sexual harassment, including the independent Queensland Industrial Relations Commission having the power to make anti-sexual harassment orders.

“As we look at current issues in the workplace, the review will also investigate protections for workers in precarious and short-term employment arrangements in Queensland, such as independent courier drivers.”

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