The Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) new powers over workplace accountability and cultural transformation for businesses and organisations have come into force.
“Leaders of organisations and businesses play a crucial role in setting an example in preventing unlawful conduct and fostering a culture of respect and inclusiveness”, said Sex Discrimination Commissioner Dr Anna Cody (pictured above).
“This is an opportunity for Australian workplaces to become what they should be – safe, inclusive, gender-equal, respectful and free from sexual harassment and sex discrimination.”
As of today, the Commission has new regulatory powers to ensure Australian workplaces, organisations and businesses meet the positive duty requirements.
“Organisations and businesses are now required to focus on actively preventing unlawful conduct connected to work, rather than responding only after it happens,” said Dr Cody.
“The Australian Human Rights Commission will have the authority to ensure and inquire into a duty holder’s compliance with the positive duty.”
“The purpose of the positive duty is the creation of safer, more inclusive and respectful workplaces throughout Australia.
By ensuring compliance with the positive duty obligations, the Commission, alongside Australian organisations and businesses, is taking significant strides towards fostering meaningful cultural change,” says Dr Cody.
The Commission has published a Compliance and Enforcement Policy, offering guidance on how it will exercise its regulatory functions and outlining how the Commission will support duty holders and provide the necessary information crucial for compliance.
Acronis has appointed Kelly Johnson (lead image)as the new general manager for Australia and New Zealand. Johnson will lead the channel-focused business, strengthening relationships with distributors and supporting partners to meet the cybersecurity demands of modern businesses in the region. With the growing pressure on Australian businesses for cybersecurity and the drive to comply with […]
Aquent has released its 2024 Australian Salary Guide for marketing, design, and technology talent. This year, it explores how marketing, design, and technology roles are expanding, deep dives into gender pay gaps, and examines the movement of salaries year-on-year—both in growth and decline. Paired with Aquent’s 2023 Talent Insights Report, the Salary Guide helps organisations […]
The hiring market is experiencing significant change, fluctuating between a frenzied candidate-short market and a more cautious employer-driven market, according to Talent’s ‘More Than Money Salary Guide 2024’. Tech and digital salaries continue to steady out but remain strong for key skillsets such as cybersecurity and AI. The report features key salaries, roles and skills […]
While 2021’s big workplace trend was The Great Resignation, 2024’s big trend is likely to be ‘The Big Stay’ in Australia, concludes modern HR platform HiBob in its latest research of young Australians working in the tech sector. The combination of decreasing Australian job vacancies and a remarkable increase in job satisfaction among Australia’s young tech workers in 2023 […]