Breastfeeding, etc, legislation has commenced


Breastfeeding, etc, legislation has commenced

Anti-discrimination legislation relating to breastfeeding, and other matters including sexual harassment has commenced.


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Anti-discrimination legislation relating to breastfeeding and other matters, including sexual harassment, has commenced.

For a summary of the legislation, see a previous WorkplaceInfo article New breastfeeding discrimination laws.
The provisions (in the Cwlth Sex and Age Discrimination Legislation Amendment Act 2011 No. 40) have been proclaimed to commence on 29 July 2011.

This affects the following legislation:
  • Australian Human Rights Commission Act 1986 No. 125 (Cwlth
  • Fair Work Act 2009 No. 28 (Cwlth).
Major changes
The major changes to be implemented by the new legislation include:
  • prohibiting discrimination on the basis of family responsibilities for both men and women in all areas of employment
  • establishing breastfeeding as a separate ground of discrimination, and allowing measures to be taken to accommodate the needs of breastfeeding mothers
  • bringing in new protections for students from sexual harassment, including over the internet or by texting, as well as other grounds for sexual harassment
  • creation of the position of Age Discrimination Commissioner in the Australian Human Rights Commission.
Sexual harassment
Co-workers, supervisors, colleagues in other organisations, customers and clients are now included in the expanded grounds for sexual harassment.
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said:
‘Importantly, the [legislation] also ensures that all students will be better protected from sexual harassment, whether it’s in the schoolyard, online or through more subtle forms of bullying, such as through text message.’
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