Some topics are tough to talk about. Discussing sexual harassment, pregnancy, parental leave and access to flexible work can be really hard.
Raise it! was a pilot project designed to support and equip Victorian workers to have safe conversations about these important issues at work.
By providing conversation starter toolkits to help catalyse these conversations in a safe way, this pilot project ran by the Commission evaluated how conversations addressing causes and consequences of sexual harassment and discrimination can help prevent these from occurring.
The Raise it! project also aimed to build stronger pathways and knowledge for addressing sexual harassment and discrimination when it occurred.
From October 2018 – February 2019 the Commission tested these Conversation starter toolkits in partnership with several Victorian workplaces.
This pilot phase identified the impact that the toolkits have on workplace culture, in favour of preventing discrimination and promoting effective systems to safely manage discrimination or harassment if it arises.
The toolkits being tested are:
- Raise it! Conversation topic scheduler kit: assisting managers to identify topics for conversation, to help enable safe workplaces and embed such conversations into every day at work
- An online tool with flexible and parental leave request pathways: helping users to identify key talking points to have a practical, informed discussion about these requests
- A sexual harassment response online tool: providing victim/survivors with information and support services, and bystanders with actions they can take to speak up and challenge behaviour at work that may have crossed the line.
Participants will also attend training sessions on anti-discrimination and on addressing sexual harassment at work.
This project was funded by Victorian Government’s Office for Women.
For more information about Raise it! see the FAQs below.
If you need help
If you have experienced sex discrimination or sexual harassment at work, you may wish to:
- make a complaint to the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission or call our Enquiry Line on 1300 292 153
- call 1800 RESPECT for emergency healthcare referral, support or counselling services. 1800 Respect is the national sexual assault (and domestic family violence) counselling service. Available 24 hours on 1800 737 732 or visit 1800respect.org.au
- contact the Victorian Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACL) crisis line on 1800 806 292 or counselling line on 8345 3494
- call the Multicultural Centre for Women’s Health (MCWH) Information line on 1800 656 421 (available in more than 40 languages).
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding discrimination in the workplace
- Pregnancy and work: know your rights and obligations booklet
- Sexual harassment at work
- Sexual harassment FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Further questions and enquiries can be referred to the Commission’s project team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Raise it! project about? Why is my workplace involved in this project?
In Victoria evidence shows that many workers and managers find it difficult to have conversations about the ‘hard topics’ like sexual harassment, pregnancy or requesting flexible work. The Raise it! project will provide you with some tools, education and strategies to see if we can build skills and bridge this gap. The ultimate aim is to prevent or reduce discrimination and sexual harassment at work.
The project is being run by the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission and is funded by the Victorian government’s Office for Women. Your workplace has volunteered to join as it supports an inclusive, safe and fair work environment for everyone at work. By signing up to the project, you are asked to complete two short surveys, receive free training and test three toolkits that should help us have healthy, safe and confident conversations about the hard stuff.