Most of us hope we will get a great job and get along well with everyone we work with. And most of the time we do. But sometimes things can go wrong. It’s important to remember that there are places you can get help if something goes wrong at work.
If you ever feel like you’re in danger at work, you can always call 000 and ask for assistance. If you’re not comfortable contacting the police, that’s ok; there are lots of other places you can get help as well.
Sexual assault is something that unfortunately can happen at the workplace, and it’s never ok. Sexual assault can include physical abuse, but also includes things like inappropriate comments, intimidation, and emotional abuse. It’s never something anyone should have to put up with. If you feel safe to, you can talk to your boss or manager about what’s happened, and they may be able to help. There are also safe and confidential services available if you ever need to talk or need help or advice.
- Anywhere in Australia – 1800respect.org.au or call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732)
- ACT – Canberra Rape Crisis Centre call 02 6247 2525
- New South Wales – NSW Rape Crisis Centre call on 1800 424 017 or visit NSW Health Sexual Assault Services to find a number in your local area
- Northern Territory – Department of Health, Sexual Assault Referral Centres
- Queensland – Sexual Assault Helpline call 1800 010 120
- South Australia – Yarrow Place Rape and Sexual Assault Service call 08 8226 8777 or 1800 817 421
- Tasmania – Sexual Assault Support Service call 1800 697 877
- Victoria – Sexual Assault Crisis Line call 1800 806 292
- Western Australia – Sexual Assault Resource Centre call 08 6458 1828 or free call 1800 199 888
Healthdirect also provides some advice on what you can do if you’ve been sexually assaulted, including your options if you decide to go to the police.
Bullying in the workplace is also something that can happen. Bullying can include things like harassment, intimidation, repeated teasing, or being made to feel uncomfortable. Everyone has the right to go to work without being bullied or harassed. If you feel like you’re being bullied at work, you can try to talk with your boss or manager and they might be able to help. There are also lots of other places you can visit or call to ask for help.
- Kids Helpline – call on 1800 55 1800
- Lifeline – call on 13 11 14
- headspace is a service for young people with centres across Australia
If you feel like your concerns are being ignored and things aren’t getting any better at work, there are other places you can go to take action.
- Lodge a complaint with the Fair Work Commission or call on 1300 799 675
- Make a complaint to the Australian Human Rights Commission – call on 1300 656 419
- Contact the Fair Work Ombudsman for advice on 13 13 94
- Contact the Work Safe Authority in your state or territory
- Get advice from Australian Unions on 1300 486 466
- Get legal help from a Community Legal Service near you
Remember that everyone has the right to feel safe and respected at work. You can always speak out if you feel like something’s wrong at work – it doesn’t matter how old you are, how long you’ve been in the job, or if the harassment is coming from someone in a position of power.