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Bullying, harassment and discrimination in the legal workplace

 

The legal profession both at the local and national level has made it clear that bullying, discrimination and all forms of harassment within the legal profession will not be tolerated. Everyone has the right to work in a safe environment.

The Law Council of Australia has developed and is implementing a National Action Plan to Reduce Sexual Harassment in the Legal Profession. This plan, a copy of which can be found here, is supported by the Law Society Northern Territory.

In addition, set out below are a number of other resources available to practitioners in this area.

The Law Society of South Australia (LSSA) has produced a number of publications and resources for legal practitioners on these issues which are available on the LSSA website here. The Law Society NT is grateful to the LSSA for allowing the sharing of their information.


SUPREME COURT OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

www.supremecourt.nt.gov.au


NT ANTI-DISCRIMINATION COMMISSION

Tel: (08) 8999 1444   Freecall: 1800 813 846   www.adc.nt.gov.au

The ADC provides information about people’s rights and responsibilities under the Anti-Discrimination Act and accepts/investigates complaints of discrimination. Complaints can also be made if you have been subject to sexual harassment.

ADC education and training

In order to prevent discrimination and harassment in the community, the ADC provides education and training to raise awareness. Education and training can be provided in the Darwin, Katherine and Alice Springs (other locations upon request) and can also be customised to suit your business's needs. For more information please visit: https://adc.nt.gov.au/education-and-training 


NT WORKSAFE

Tel: 1800 019 115   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.worksafe.nt.gov.au 

The role of NT WorkSafe is to assess whether the a person conducting a business or undertaking at the workplace concerned, has appropriate systems in place to manage the risk of exposure to workplace bullying.


SAFE WORK AUSTRALIA

www.safeworkaustralia.gov.au


FAIR WORK COMMISSION
Tel: 1300 799 675   Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   www.fwc.gov.au 


FAIR WORK OMBUDSMAN
Tel: 13 13 94   www.fairwork.gov.au 

Provides assistance to employers and employees by monitoring workplace law compliance and investigating breaches of the Fair Work Act.


AUSTRALIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION
Tel: 1300 656 419   www.humanrights.gov.au

Investigates and resolves complaints of discrimination and breaches of human rights.


NT WORKING WOMEN’S CENTRE
Freecall: 1800 817 055   www.ntwwc.com.au 

The NTWWC provides free and confidential advice to women about work-related matters and also provides workplace training to employees through Work Aware.


LAWCARE: CARING FOR THE LEGAL PROFESSION IN THE NT

The Society funds a professional, confidential and free counselling service for our members and their immediate family, provided through Employee Assistance Service Australia (EASA).

If you are experiencing workplace, personal or emotional issues which are affecting your work or personal life, please call LawCare via the Employee Assistance Program 24 hour support on 1800 193 123, or visit their website www.easa.org.au.

When booking an appointment, please tell the operator you are a Law Society NT member. This service is completely confidential. The Society will only receive statistical information on the numbers accessing the service.


1800RESPECT

Tel: 1800 737 732 (24 hours)   www.1800respect.org.au

1800Respect is the national sexual assault, domestic and family violence counselling service that provides support for people experiencing, or at the risk of experiencing, violence and abuse. This service provides support for not only victims, but their families and friends as well.


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**The information contained on this page is not a substitute for legal advice and should be used as a guide only.**

 

 

 

Last modified: 05/07/2021 2:12 PM

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