Set the standard: report on the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces

Empty green chairs in the House of Representatives
Australian Human Rights Commission, November 2021

On 5 March 2021, the Independent Review into Commonwealth Parliamentary Workplaces was established by the Australian government, with support from the Opposition and cross-bench.

Conducted by the Australian Human Rights Commission and led by the Sex Discrimination Commissioner Kate Jenkins, the Review’s Terms of Reference asked it to make recommendations to ensure that Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces are safe and respectful and that the nation’s Parliament reflects best practice in the prevention and handling of bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault.

Over 1,750 individuals and organisations contributed to the Jenkins Review.

Cover of the "Set the standard" report

This is Parliament. It should set the standard for workplace culture, not the floor of what culture should be.

(Interview 69, CPW Review)

The report presents the Commission’s findings and 28 recommendations in six chapters:

  1. Executive summary
  2. Introduction and case for change
  3. Context of Commonwealth parliamentary workplaces
  4. What we heard
  5. Framework for action
  6. Conclusion


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