The National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces found that sexual harassment is still rife in Australian workplaces, and the higher education and research (HER) sector is no exception. The resulting Respect@Work report (2020) highlighted that performance incentives, such as the SAGE Athena Swan Awards, can help create a respectful workplace culture that discourages sexual harassment.

Seizing this opportunity to drive urgent, sector-wide action against sexual harassment, SAGE collaborated with Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins to convene a Roundtable on Sexual Harassment.

The Roundtable’s purpose was to advise SAGE on a practical, collaborative approach to incorporate Respect@Work’s recommendations in the SAGE accreditation pathways.

Co-hosted by Libby Lyons (Director, Workplace Gender Equality Agency and Chair of SAGE Ltd Board) and Commissioner Jenkins, the Roundtable brought together senior leaders, advocates and stakeholders from across the HER sector.