Sexual Harassment in the Victorian Public Service

Tabled: 28 November 2019

Appendix C. Sexual harassment training

Mode of Training

Figure C1
Training provided to staff—by department

Department

Induction

Separate sexual harassment training (online)

Face-to-face training

DET

DET introduced a dedicated sexual harassment training module in July 2019. Previously sexual harassment was included within respectful workplaces e-learning modules (not mandatory)

In May 2018, DET provided training to workplace contact officers regarding updates to the sexual harassment policy.

DELWP

However, sexual harassment included in appropriate workplace behaviours training will be mandatory from 2020.

DELWP has recently revised its training and now offers:

  • Appropriate Workplace Behaviours—a three-hour face-to-face workshop and includes sexual harassment training.
  • Safe and Respectful Workplace Workshop—a workshop for teams to learn about sexism, discrimination and other inappropriate behaviour in the workplace. It has been delivered to more than 100 Forest, Fire and Regions staff.
  • Annual forums for Safe and Respectful leaders—staff who have volunteered to promote respectful workplace behaviours and culture across the department.

DHHS

Only mandatory on induction

DHHS provides some face-to-face training:

  • Peer support network training, which includes sexual harassment and workplace conflict.
  • Home Safely Every Day—program requires all managers to run a 30-minute conversation about appropriate behaviour and positive work environments with their teams based on a standardised course outline. It does not specifically address sexual harassment, but does discuss inappropriate behaviour and steps that can be taken to address this.

Figure C1 Training provided to staff—by department—continued

Department

Induction

Separate sexual harassment training (online)

Face-to-face training

DJCS

Sexual harassment included in online Respect in the Workplace training

DJCS has delivered:

  • Respect in the Workplace sessions to almost 350 staff in the past 12 months, which includes inappropriate behaviours and sexual harassment
  • Family Violence Awareness Training to almost 2 800 staff, which includes content on family violence and disrespectful behaviour towards women in the workplace. This training does not specifically detail sexual harassment in the workplace.

DJPR

Sexual harassment included in appropriate workplace behaviours training–not mandatory

DJPR provides some face-to-face training on appropriate workplace behaviours for managers

DoT

Sexual harassment included in appropriate workplace behaviours training–not mandatory

DTF

DTF runs training on building positive workplace relationships. This is a one-hour face-to-face session. It does not specifically address sexual harassment.

DPC

Sexual harassment training included in appropriate workplace behaviours training annually

Respectful workplace behaviours presentations to all staff branch meetings in 2018, which includes a section on sexual harassment.

Note: None of the face-to-face training listed is mandatory for all staff.
Source: VAGO analysis of departmental training packages.

Training content

Figure C2
Sexual harassment training content

Does the training…?

Yes

No, the training could be improved

Outline the department's commitment and responsibility to eliminate sexual harassment

  • DELWP and DHHS outline a strong message and refer to the VSB statement in training
  • DET, DJPR and DoT clearly outline their commitment and responsibility to prevent sexual harassment
  • DTF, DPC and DJCS refer to a commitment to workplace values and a workplace free from harm. The training does not specifically outline the departments' commitment and responsibility to eliminate sexual harassment

Outline what sexual harassment is and that it is unlawful

  • DET, DELWP, DHHS, DJPR and DPC provide the legal definition of sexual harassment, refer to the Equal Opportunity Act 2010, and state that it is unlawful
  • DJCS, DoT and DTF outline what sexual harassment is, but do not refer to the legislation

Outline the impacts of sexual harassment

  • DET clearly outlines the impacts of sexual harassment
  • DHHS, DJCS, and DTF provide some information on the impact of sexual harassment
  • DELWP, DoT, DJPR and DPC do not detail the impact of sexual harassment

Contain practical examples

  • DET, DELWP, DJCS, DJPR, DHHS, DPC and DTF include practical or interactive examples or scenarios on sexual harassment
  • DoT does not contain practical examples of sexual harassment in their training

Detail complaint avenues

  • All departments provide details of complaint avenues in training
 

Detail grey area behaviours

  • DoT and DJPR highlight that sexual harassment can be 'grey'
  • DJCS refers to jokes and comments which can be perceived differently by others
  • DET, DELWP, DHHS DPC and DTF do not address grey area behaviours in detail

Detail bystander responsibilities

  • DHHS has a specific interactive example of a person who is an 'active bystander'
  • DELWP has a section in its training referring to active bystanders
  • DET, DJCS, DJPR, DoT and DPC refer to staff responsibility to call out or speak up about inappropriate behaviour, but do not address bystanders in detail
  • DTF has no reference to bystanders in its training

Source: VAGO analysis of departmental training packages.

Manager training

Figure C3
Training for managers on sexual harassment

Department

References sexual harassment?

Training

DET

Some

Recently introduced respectful workplace training for managers. This references the manager's key role in managing complaints.

The online respectful workplaces module also contains a slide on managers' responsibilities and what to do if sexual harassment is reported to them.

DELWP

Some

DELWP does not have training for managers on sexual harassment or addressing inappropriate behaviours in the workplaces.

It has recently introduced safe and respectful workplace workshops for staff who have signed up to promote a respectful workplace.

DHHS

No

DHHS's Leading with Respect training does not specifically include sexual harassment, but does outline how to deal with inappropriate behaviours.

DJCS

No

DJCS does not have specific training for managers on sexual harassment. It runs respectful relationships manager meetings in one division, and family violence awareness training for managers.

DJPR/DoT

Some

As DJPR and DoT were formed on 1 January 2019, much of their training programs occurred under the former DEDJTR. Training to managers includes:

  • creating a mentally healthy workplace
  • appropriate workplace behaviours training for managers (this contains a small section on sexual harassment).

DPC

No

Recently introduced management fundamentals training, which contains a component on complaints and grievances. It has no mention of sexual harassment or conflict management.

DTF

No

Does not have separate training for managers on sexual harassment. DTF introduced Respectful Workplace Culture training in 2019 for people leaders which includes some information on sexual harassment and addressing inappropriate behaviours in the workplace.

Source: VAGO analysis of departmental training packages.

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