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‘Boys’ club’: Inquiry finds unacceptable sexual harassment, bullying at Airservices

The workplace culture at Airservices Australia, the federal agency responsible for ensuring safe navigation in the skies, had unacceptable levels of bullying and sexual harassment, an inquiry has found.

Airservices Australia, which operates air traffic control across the nation and beyond, promised a string of changes after publishing a 72-page report from former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick on Friday.

Staff at Airservices Australia reported high levels of bully and harrassment.

Staff at Airservices Australia reported high levels of bully and harrassment.Credit:Dominic Lorrimer

Ms Broderick’s report found half of the Airservices staff that cooperated with her inquiry reported bullying in the past five years. Women also reported a “boys’ club” culture that affected everyday work and promotion prospects.

“The levels of bullying in particular, as well as sexual harassment, are unacceptable. They need to be addressed as a matter of urgency,” Ms Broderick concluded.

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