Welcome to the Women Lawyers of Western Australia sexual harassment in the legal profession survey

This survey is being conducted by the Women Lawyers of Western Australia Inc. (WLWA) to determine the prevalence of sexual harassment in the legal profession in Western Australia. 

Why Conduct this Research?
In light of recent media coverage about the culture of sexual harassment in Hollywood and the #MeToo campaign, it is clear sexual harassment is a huge issue affecting women around the world. The legal profession is not immune.

WLWA will aggregate the responses to determine the extent of sexual harassment issues in the legal profession in Western Australia. We will use the data collected to inform submissions to government and also to create initiatives to help workplaces to stop sexual harassment in the profession.

Definition of Sexual Harassment
This survey is based on the definition of sexual harassment contained in the Sex Discrimination Act (1984) Cth. 

In short, sexual harassment is an unwelcome sexual advance, unwelcome request for sexual favours or other unwelcome conduct of a sexual nature which makes a person feel offended, humiliated or intimidated, where a reasonable person would anticipate that reaction in the circumstances.

Time Required
This survey includes a maximum of 39 questions, depending on answers to previous questions. We estimate it will take 10 minutes to complete. All of the questions are multiple choice - with some including the option to write about personal stories of sexual harassment.

The personal stories are very valuable in our research and we encourage you to include this information. If necessary please save your answers and return to the survey at a later time.

Our Confidentiality Commitment
Any information participants provide will be kept strictly confidential. Survey participant responses will be completely anonymous. No names are required. Responses from completed surveys cannot be linked to any particular respondent. Any quotes used in the research will be anonymous.

For more information on the survey, please contact Charmaine Tsang, President WLWA.

Additional Resources
We appreciate that answering this survey may stir up difficult emotions. The Sexual Assault Resource Centre offer free counselling consultations and can be contacted on 08 6458 1828.

In addition, if you would like legal advice regarding sexual harassment, please contact WLWA which will facilitate a referral to an appropriate organisation.

About WLWA
WLWA is a not-for-profit membership-based association that exists to promote the advancement of women in the legal profession, and to look after the interests of women in the Western Australian community.  For further information please visit: www.wlwa.asn.au.    

Thank you for participating in our survey.