Anti-Discrimination and Human Rights Legislation Amendment (Respect at Work) Bill 2022

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House of Representatives
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Implements recommendations of the Respect@Work: National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces by amending: the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 to: prohibit conduct that subjects another person to a workplace environment that is hostile on the ground of sex; introduce a positive duty on employers to take reasonable and proportionate measures to eliminate unlawful sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, as far as possible; state that an object of the Act is to achieve substantive equality between men and women; and amend the definition of harassment on the ground of sex to remove the reference to conduct of a 'seriously' demeaning nature; the Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 to: enable the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to monitor and assess compliance with the positive duty; provide the AHRC with a function to inquire into systemic unlawful discrimination; enable a representative body to progress a complaint on behalf of one or more affected persons from conciliation at the AHRC to application to the court; insert a cost protection provision; and amend one of the discretionary grounds on which a complaint may be terminated by the President of the AHRC; the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 to require Commonwealth public sector organisations to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency on their gender equality indicators; five Acts to clarify that victimising conduct can form the basis of a civil action for unlawful discrimination in addition to a criminal complaint; and the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia Act 2021, Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 and Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security Act 1986 to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 27 Sep 2022
Second reading moved 27 Sep 2022
Second reading debate 25 Oct 2022
Referred to Federation Chamber 25 Oct 2022
Second reading debate 27 Oct 2022
Reported from Federation Chamber 07 Nov 2022
Second reading debate 07 Nov 2022
Second reading agreed to 07 Nov 2022
Consideration in detail debate
  • Amendment details: 1 Crossbench agreed to
07 Nov 2022
Third reading agreed to 07 Nov 2022
Introduced and read a first time 21 Nov 2022
Second reading moved 21 Nov 2022
Second reading debate 25 Nov 2022
Second reading agreed to 25 Nov 2022
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 5 Government and 2 Jacqui Lambie Network/Australian Greens agreed to
25 Nov 2022
Third reading agreed to 25 Nov 2022
House of Representatives
Message from Senate reported 28 Nov 2022
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
28 Nov 2022
Finally passed both Houses 28 Nov 2022
  • Act no: 85
  • Year: 2022
12 Dec 2022

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Text of bill

  • First reading: Text of the bill as introduced into the Parliament
  • Third reading: Prepared if the bill is amended by the house in which it was introduced. This version of the bill is then considered by the second house.
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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and provides an explanation of the content of the introduced version (first reading) of the bill.
  • Supplementary explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains amendments proposed by the government to the bill.
  • Revised explanatory memorandum: Accompanies and explains the amended version (third reading) of the bill. It supersedes the explanatory memorandum.

Proposed amendments

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Schedules of amendments

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