Sexual harassment is unlawful and prohibited. In the workplace, sexual harassment can take various forms and can be directed at all persons. Sexual harassment includes non-consensual or unwelcome sexual behaviour that could be expected to make a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated.
Building on the Victorian Secretaries Board statement on sexual harassment, the Victorian Public Sector Commission (VPSC) has issued the Model Policy for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Model Policy). The Model Policy was developed by a Working Group under the auspices of the Integrity and Corporate Reform Subcommittee of the Victorian Secretaries Board.
To support the Model Policy, a Guide for the Prevention of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (Guide) has also been developed. Together, these documents promote consistent practice across the Victorian Public Service (VPS) and public sector. They will help organisations to ensure that they are working to prevent sexual harassment and support those who are harmed by such behaviour.
The Model Policy and Guide apply to the Victorian Public Service. Victorian public sector entities are encouraged to revise their policy and procedures on sexual harassment, ensuring these are informed by the Model Policy and Guide.