Submission to VAGO's Performance Audit: Sexual harassment in the Victorian Public Sector

Submissions are now open. The closing date for submissions is 12 July 2019

VAGO is conducting a performance audit: Sexual harassment in the Victorian Public Sector (VPS). The audit will assess whether the VPS is providing workplaces that are free from sexual harassment. We will examine whether VPS departments:

  • have effective measures to prevent, report and respond to sexual harassment
  • effectively respond to complaints of sexual harassment in a timely, fair and effective manner.

We are interested in hearing from individuals and organisations about their views on how the VPS and its departments respond to sexual harassment. We will not investigate or make findings about individual allegations of sexual harassment.

For further information about the submission process, please read the data collection statement and FAQs.

Confidentiality

We will treat all submissions to this audit confidentially. We will use information collected through the submissions only for the audit. We may use material from submissions to comment on themes within the public sector. We may (with your consent) use quotes, case studies or other references in the audit report, which we will table in Parliament. If we do this, we will remove any personal information so that nobody can identify you or other people referred to in your submission.

We will not provide your submission to other parties without your consent, unless required by law (refer to the data collection statement and FAQs for more information on how your information will be collected and used).

Support and information services

Telling someone about an experience of sexual harassment can be distressing. If you decide to make a submission, and find that either during or after completing the submission you feel distressed, you can access counselling and other support through:

  • 1800 RESPECT – National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence counselling service
    Phone: 1800 737 732
    www.1800respect.org.au
  • Your employee assistance program (if you are a VPS employee) which provides free and confidential short-term counselling for workplace and personal issues. Contact your human resources department or intranet for more information.
  • LifeLine
    Phone: 13 11 14
    www.lifeline.org.au

You can also make a complaint or seek further information from:

Submission form