The MCA is profoundly disappointed by the alleged actions of some individuals on the margins of the recent Diggers and Dealers Conference.
The MCA is grateful to journalist, Amber Lilley, for her courage and strength in calling out this alleged abhorrent behaviour.
Reporting incidents of sexual harassment is essential to holding individuals to account.
Sexual harassment, and all disrespectful behaviour is unacceptable, whether in the workplace or social settings.
Every individual, regardless of where they work, who they work for, how they are employed, or the tasks they undertake should expect the same high standard of workplace safety, health and wellbeing.
The Australian mining industry is committed to eliminating sexual harassment.
It has made progress on establishing both preventative and response measures to address sexual harassment, underpinned by a culture of respect that empowers individuals to raise concerns in a supportive and protected way.
The industry tool kit it has developed clearly identifies social settings where sexual harassment can occur and provides an example workplace policy that specifically highlights the responsibilities of leaders and employees wherever and whenever there may be a risk of sexual harassment as a result of their working duties, including on-site, off-site, accommodation facilities, work-related social functions, conferences, and travel.