Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment


DFAT does not tolerate sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment (SEAH) of any kind.

We continue to be proactive in combatting SEAH, building on longstanding systems and procedures in social safeguarding and child protection.

Australia has made a number of international commitments:

Consultations for DFAT's PSEAH Policy

DFAT is developing a Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy. This is a significant step towards driving greater accountability, enhanced transparency and cultural change to combat SEAH.

We are now seeking stakeholder views on key issues for policy consideration, outlined in the Discussion Paper [PDF 1.14 MB]. Consultations will be open until Friday 22 February 2019, with the policy due to be launched in April 2019.

We invite submissions responding to the key issues for consideration, such as:

  • minimum standards
  • reporting
  • victim/survivor centred approach
  • safe recruitment and screening
  • leadership and culture
  • transactional sex.

Have your say

We welcome written submissions in response to the Discussion Paper [PDF 1.14 MB]. Please send submissions in email, Word or PDF format to by Friday 22 February 2019.

Please make it clear in your submission if you would like all, or part, of your submission to remain confidential.

Support and information services

If you find that either during or after completing a submission you feel distressed, you can access counselling and other support through 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service.

Last Updated: 4 January 2019