Sexual Harassment Training

Sexual Harassment Training 2

* Is your organisation protecting it’s employees from sexual harassment?
* Has your organisation satisfied it’s duty of care when it comes to addressing sexual harassment?
* Do you have workplace training in place that ensures your employers understand what is sexual harassment, the behavioural expectations of your organisation and their rights and obligations
* Are you confident that you have taken all reasonable steps to  ensure that your employees are not subject to sexual harassment.

In light of the recent case involving AMP and the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) stated that since 2003, the Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted four periodic surveys on the national experience of sexual harassment. Our most recent survey conducted in 2018 showed that sexual harassment in Australian workplaces is widespread and pervasive. One in three people experienced sexual harassment at work in the past five years ensuring that your workplace has effective sexual harassment training is vitally important.

The inquiry heard that many small employers did not provide formal training to workers about sexual harassment. Where workers in small businesses did receive ‘training’, it was likely to be informal and involve discussions between workers and business owners, rather than formal presentations or structured training activities.

Where employers did provide training to workers, it was typically standalone, structured or formal compliance training, directed specifically to sexual harassment (commonly alongside other forms of workplace misconduct, such as bullying and unlawful discrimination).

The Commission heard that conventional sexual harassment training typically focuses on sharing information with workers on what constitutes sexual harassment, that it is prohibited and how to report it. Proof of training is used to avoid employers’ legal liability.

The Commission heard that training was commonly conducted online, as this was often a cheaper and more flexible option than face-to-face training. Workers also frequently mentioned that they received training when they commenced work (as part of a general program of workplace induction training), and then annually (at best) or only every few years.

How is AWPTI Sexual Harassment Training 2022 and beyond different?

We offer 2 types of staff training and also training for HR professional and managers who are investigating complaints of sexual harassment, click here for details of investigation training programs.

1 – Understanding Sexual Harassment in the workplace – 60 – 90 minute session designed for groups.

This programs provides practical skills to help enable you and your employees recognise what is and what is not sexual harassment and also to offers strategies to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace.

The session goes far beyond the ‘tick a box’ training that only covers definitions and how to report.  This session consists of questions, case studies and videos for discussion where participants are asked to comment.

The program has the following components;

  • What is sexual harassment
  • What is the workplace in 2021
  • Components of sexual harassment
  • The Victim centred approach
  • Sexual harassment – busting the myths
  • Your rights and obligations
  • Power emotional and control
  • Consequences
  • What can you do, how can you help
  • Legal Responsibilities

The session also includes discussion around actual sexual harassment investigation cases and the Myth Busting section what illustrates comments made by victims that make them feel that they can’t report matters and comments/excuses made by perpetrators in actual interviews.

This open course is designed for employers who want to ensure that their employees understand the behavioural expectation of the organisation and at law when it comes to sexual harassment in the workplace.

This course is provide remotely via Zoom or MS Teams.  We charge a fixed rate with unlimited participants, contact us for details –

2 – Understanding Sexual Harassment in the workplace  1 to 1 – 60 – 90  minute session designed for individuals.

This session covers the same material as course 1 above. This open course is designed for individuals who have had issues in relation to their behaviour that may constitute sexual harassment and as part of the remedial action, training and coaching to understand sexual harassment is recommended.

This course is provide remotely via Zoom or MS Teams national wide and internationally.

All programs can be tailored to suit any specific requirements that you may have.

The program is facilitated by Phil O’Brien, (more details here) a highly skilled and experienced workplace investigator and trainer.  The advantages of having Phil deliver the program for you are;

  • Your participants are able to hear about real life sexual harassment complaints and investigations.  The sessions are highly engaging with many ‘war stories’.
  • Your participants are able to ask question and get answers relating to real life sexual harassment complaints and investigations.
  • We have found that listening to the ‘war stories’ and being able to engage and ask questions makes the session enjoyable and very interesting.
  • The sessions based on  feedback we have received are engaging and entertaining.

You can check out and please connect to Phil’s LinkedIn profile here

Sexual Harassment Investigation 2 day course HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Recommended for HR professionals and managers involved in the investigation of misconduct or complaints. This is a highly interactive course where participants work through an actual sexual harassment investigation from the receipt of the complaint, interviewing parties, drafting allegations and making finding and recommendations. This is similar to our general workplace investigation course however it focuses on the investigation of sexual harassment complaints. Details here

Contact us today to book in and for details of availability and costs –

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