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Violence against women and children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.


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ANROWS hosts events as part of its knowledge transfer and exchange work, including public lectures, workshops and research launches. Details of upcoming ANROWS activities and news are available from the list on the right.



ANROWS was established by the Commonwealth and all state and territory governments of Australia to produce, disseminate and assist in applying evidence for policy and practice addressing violence against women and their children.



To support the take-up of evidence, ANROWS offers a range of resources developed from research to support practitioners and policy-makers in delivering evidence-based interventions.


Speaking from Experience: Putting lived experience at the front of workplace sexual harassment reform


The Respect@Work report on the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces recommended that the Commission set up a process for victims of workplace sexual harassment to have their voices and experiences heard. The National Inquiry found that it is important for victims to be able to share their experience and contribute to wider change in society. In particular, change on how victim-survivors are treated when they come forward with complaints of workplace sexual harassment, to prevent this type of behaviour happening to others and to better recognise the impact of it. This project fulfils this recommendation.


The project aims to centre the voices of those with lived experience of workplace sexual harassment to inform future good practice in prevention and response. Particular attention will be paid to marginalised workers. Resources will be created for workplaces, industries, employers, regulators, and diverse victims-survivors of workplace sexual harassment.


This is a qualitative project to understand how we can address workplace sexual harassment from the expertise of those with lived experience. The project invites victim-survivors (contributors) to have their say through online submissions via the Australian Human Rights Commission’s website, and through targeted individual and group consultations. Contributions will be analysed thematically to produce simple resources designed to make workplaces safer. Attention will be given to deepening understanding of intersectional experiences of workplace sexual harassment.


The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is the national authority on workplace sexual harassment, including in relation to workplace reform to address sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Additionally, AHRC has a monitoring and enforcement role related to workplaces’ ‘positive duty,’ or their legal responsibility to prevent unlawful behaviour, including sexual harassment. This project ensures that those who have experienced workplace sexual harassment have a voice in the AHRC’s work in this area, including in relation to intersectional experiences of workplace sexual harassment, workplaces’ fulfilment of their positive duty, and what effective, victim-focussed change looks like.

Project start date

February 2024

Expected completion date

June 2025
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