Senator the Hon. Simon Birmingham
Minister for Finance
Leader of the Government in the Senate
Senator for South Australia
Date: Monday, 19 July 2021
The Government thanks Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins for her interim update as part of the independent review into Commonwealth Parliamentary workplaces.
This review will play a critical role in ensuring that the Parliament of Australia applies the cultural and practical changes necessary to set a positive example for the nation.
This update shows there has already been, and continues to be, strong participation and engagement by current and former staff and parliamentarians, as well as others with experience in parliamentary workplaces.
I continue to encourage all those who choose to do so, to share their experiences, as this will be vital to informing the review and helping to ensure a safe and respectful workplace.
The Government has also been clear about our expectations that staff are given support and time to fully participate.
I once again acknowledge the positive cross-party support and engagement in the Review. The Government looks forward to receiving the final report by November.