Sexual Harassment Review

About the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts

The Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts was commissioned in 2020, following work by the Victorian Legal Services Board and Commissioner to determine the extent of sexual harassment in the state's legal profession, and the release of the Australian Human Rights Commission's 'Respect at Work' report.

Jointly initiated by the Attorney-General of Victoria and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, the independent review was led by former Commissioner of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission (VEOHRC), Dr Helen Szoke AO.

The Review was tasked with considering measures to prevent sexual harassment, improve reporting and support for those who experience sexual harassment, raise awareness, and ensure accountability across the state's courts and VCAT.

Dr Szoke's final report, with associated recommendations for reform, was released on 19 April 2021. You can download the Final Report and Appendices below.

Sexual Harassment and Respect Report Card

In response to the Review's recommendations, a dedicated Sexual Harassment and Respect team was established in May 2021, charged with implementing the 11 recommendations made to Court Services Victoria and coordinating efforts to acquit the five recommendations directed to the Chief Justice, Judicial College of Victoria and the Judicial Commission of Victoria.

Progress made against the 16 recommendations up to October 2022 is outlined in the Report Card.

Use the links below to download the reports from the Review of Sexual Harassment in Victorian Courts 

This page was last updated: Monday 22 January 2024 - 12:27pm