Community radio calls for safer workplaces

Staff Writer

Community radio and TV have endorsed calls for safer workplaces via its trade body Community Broadcasting Association of Australia (CBAA).

It has made two important submissions to the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) national inquiry into sexual harassment.

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It has endorsed a joint submission by Volunteering Australia and Justice Connect which states that current laws do not sufficiently prevent and address sexual harassment against volunteers and other unpaid workers.

At this stage, they are vulnerable depending on which part of Australia they are in.


This is another submission that the CBAA has endorsed.

It was coordinated by Victoria Legal Aid of a coalition of over 100 stakeholders in the legal, health, community, family violence and union sectors to advocate for key reforms.

It calls for strategies that prevent sexual assault before they happen, stronger and clearer legal duties on employers to take proactive steps to prevent sexual harassment at work, and strong and effective regulators to tackle sexual harassment, and accessing reporting systems.

According to the AHRC, among other submissions, were that limited amount of LGBTI and disabled people in workplaces led to sexual harassment.

Screen Australia’s submission with the Gender Matters Taskforce (an independent group of female screen industry professionals) had some lessons from the rest of the entertainment sector including the music industry.

It pointed out to the inquiry that because of the screen industry’s social prominence and the cultural impact of the stories it covers, it has a $5 million initiative which supports female-led stories and female talent, and funds the best ideas from the industry which addresses gender inequality.

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