Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment

Background

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:

DFAT’s Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy

In April 2019, the Secretary of DFAT released the DFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy.

DFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment (PSEAH) Policy [DOCX 370 KB] | [PDF 712 KB]

The PSEAH Policy sets out expectations and requirements for all DFAT staff and delivery partners to manage SEAH risks and incidents. It applies to all DFAT staff and all DFAT partners, in Australia and overseas.

Date of effect and implementation

In recognition of the requirements and expectations under the Policy, implementation will be phased.

Implementation phasing Date of effect Compliance period*
DFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy released and takes effect for all DFAT staff 4 April 2019 Immediate
DFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy takes effect for aid and humanitarian partners and scholarships programs 1 July 2019 12 month
DFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy takes effect for all other DFAT implementing partners and contractors 1 October 2019 12 month
DFAT Preventing Sexual Exploitation Abuse and Harassment Policy takes effect for DFAT downstream partners 10 December 2019 12 month
*Compliance period begins at the date of effect

Reporting

  • Reports of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment or concerns about the welfare of a vulnerable person should be notified to seah.reports@dfat.gov.au using the SEAH Incident Notification Form. Reporting procedures are detailed in the PSEAH Policy.
  • Reports of sexual exploitation and abuse of children, or concerns about child welfare are covered by DFAT’s Child Protection Policy.

Supporting resources

Other support

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual exploitation, abuse or harassment, and need assistance, you can contact one of the following in Australia:

  • Emergency (if you or someone you know is in danger): 000
  • 1800RESPECT - the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service: 1800 737 732
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14
Last Updated: 11 September 2019