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UpdatesSep 23, 2021

Leading the way

The critical importance of leadership in promoting and maintaining a safe, respectful working culture cannot be understated.

Any organisation wishing to ensure that it has an environment that is free from risks and hazards can only achieve this goal with strong leadership and a commitment to improving safety.

One indication of that commitment is the response by leaders to legislative change in the area of safety law.

For example, the Sex Discrimination and Fair Work (Respect at Work) Amendment Act 2021 (Act) received Royal Assent on 10 September 2021 and commenced operation on 11 September 2021. The new laws aim to combat the prevalence of sexual harassment in Australia by clarifying and simplifying sexual harassment laws, and encouraging meaningful cultural change in workplaces.

The question will be how the leaders in your organisation will respond to these new laws.

The major changes include:

These are very important changes.

But the critical step is how employers, and in particular their leaders, will respond to the laws. Will they use them as a leaping-off point to improve the safety culture of their organisation?

Steps for leaders to consider include:


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