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We are hosting 2 consultation workshops, to better understand the experiences and needs of young SA LGBTQIA+ women and non-binary workers, across a wide range of industries and roles.
ONLINE: Wednesday 3 May 12pm-1:30pm (ACST).
FACE TO FACE: Wednesday 10 May 5:30pm-7pm (ACST), at DiverseCity, 116 Grote Street, Adelaide.
The information gathered from these two sessions will be used to guide the development of a LGBTQIA+ workers support training program for HR managers, to be advertised at a later date. Participants of the workers’ consultations will be thanked for their contributions with a $50 gift card.
If you think your experiences could provide us with insight into how workplaces can be improved to support LGBTQIA+ women and non-binary people, and you are interested in attending, let us know! Fill out our registration form to let us know a bit about yourself and why you’re keen to get involved. We will be in touch if you have secured a spot!
The South Australian Working Women’s Centre in partnership with Westside Lawyers, the Legal Services Commission of South Australia and the Aboriginal Legal Right’s Movement are visiting Port Pirie, Port Augusta and Whyalla to provide workplace advice and education.
In each location, Abbey Kendall, Director and Principal Solicitor of the Working Women’s Centre SA, will present a seminar on Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace, discussing developments in law and cultural reform.
In conjunction with our legal partners, we will hold a legal advice clinic, where lawyers will be available to provide advice, information or referrals to help with attendees’ problems at work, and issues involving family law, child protection and domestic violence.
We will also hold a free training session for managers and HR advisors in Port Pirie, to provide participants with tools to recognise, prevent and respond to sexual harassment in the workplace, and to create a positive workplace culture, free from inappropriate behaviours.
We will also meet with local service providers and leaders to set up warm referral pathways and discuss how our services can work together.
See the events below for more information and to register. If you live in the region and would like advice at a legal clinic, please use our online appointment form to book an appointment and we will be in touch with further details.
3pm- 6pm: Legal clinic
4pm – 7pm: Legal Clinic
2:30pm – 4:30pm: Seminar – Sexual Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace
4pm- 7pm: Legal clinic
On Wednesday 19 October 2022 we held our AGM and launched our 2021-2022 Annual Report.
Our latest Annual Report showcases our achievements in the last financial year, and helps to tell the story of the work that we do, for the benefit of our clients.
We are pleased to launch our Small Business Webinar Series for 2022.
Our lawyers at the Centre have advised hundreds of clients to date this year. Whilst we are funded to provide this free advice service to women and vulnerable workers, we also provide education to small business employers, to help to prevent some of the issues we see occurring.
We have analysed the advice we have given this year, and we have identified some common themes.
Our Small Business Webinar series has been designed around these themes, as a series of bite-sized, easy-to-understand educational sessions to help busy small businesses understand their obligations to their workers.
Register now, or recommend a session to a friend.
SA Attorney-General Kyam Maher visited the Centre on Wednesday 10 August 2022 to announce that $2 million in funding will be given to the Centre, over the next three years, to aid our work in combatting sexual harassment in the workplace.
He said the funding was “really important”.
“Many women don’t just suffer sexual harassment at work, there’s often underpayment of wages so it’s critically important that women have a resource like the Working Women’s Centre,” he said.
The ABC interviewed our Director Abbey Kendall, as well as Senior Lawyer Emma Johnson and her client, Tessa Jones* who spoke about her experience of sexual harassment at her former workplace, and how the Centre helped her.
“For me, I had to go through this, I couldn’t go around it, I couldn’t ignore it. I had to go straight through it and the Centre helped me do that,” she said.
The funding aligns with Recommendation 53 of federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins’ Respect@Work report. The Centre will use the funding to employ more lawyers.
The story was also featured on the ABC News SA 7pm bulletin.