The Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) have released a joint statement promoting ‘safe workplaces’.
The statement, published by the each of the peak bodies on 14 March, states that the organisations “endorse safe workplaces, embrace diversity, accept no form of harassment, and encourage respectful behaviours”.
“We have a shared policy to ensure that people in positions of authority do not abuse their powers; managers listen to and support their staff; staff behave appropriately to one another and to their customers and there is a fair and independent channel for reported issues,” the statement reads. “We encourage all our members to adopt strong policies to ensure a fair workplace for everyone.”
To accompany the joint statement, the APA has compiled a list of resources on its website for both employers and employees.
The statement comes after Books+Publishing‘s 2017 survey on sexual harassment in the Australian book industry, where 54% of respondents said they had experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.