Thursday, 24 June 2021
Statement by the Speaker
Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces
As members would be aware, the Australian Human Rights Commission is conducting an Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces, led by Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins. The review is open to all people who currently work or have previously worked in parliamentary workplaces. As most members would be aware, the review is in its information-gathering phase and it's critical that the review is informed by a wide range of perspectives and experiences of workplace culture, whether positive or negative. Everyone is encouraged to participate no matter what your role is.
Members and senators should encourage their staff to participate. Written submissions close on 31 July, and as this is the last sitting day prior to then I'm making the statement. Interviews are being conducted over the next five weeks, including in Canberra during the first sitting week in August. Correspondence has been sent to all members and senators on how to participate and all current staff through the Department of Finance and other parliamentary departments. If anyone would like any further information or has any questions concerning the review, further information is available on the Australian Human Rights Commission website.