RWWA wishes to remind all industry participants of their rights and responsibilities with regard to discrimination and sexual harassment.
Discrimination and sexual harassment are unacceptable and unlawful forms of behaviour.
All people have the right to work in an environment that is free of sexual harassment, victimisation and discrimination.
RWWA, as the regulatory body for racing in Western Australia, provides support services, to promote working environments which are free of sexual harassment and discrimination. These services include the following:
A range of options exists to ensure all those involved in the industry have at least one channel of complaint with which they feel comfortable.
RWWA will not tolerate sexual harassment and discrimination in the Western Australian racing industry.
RWWA Stewards will enforce the Rules of Racing and will refer complaints to appropriate authorities which may include the police where appropriate.
Discrimination occurs when someone is treated unfairly or badly compared to others, often because they are seen as different. It is against the law to discriminate against people because of:
It is also against the law to discriminate against a person because they associate with or are related to someone who has any of these attributes or personal characteristics.
Unlike sexual harassment, which is against the law in all circumstances, discrimination is only against the law if it covers one or more of the grounds listed above and it occurs in any of the following areas:
Additionally, the Racial Hatred Act covers public acts which are done because of race, colour, national or ethic origin of a person and are reasonably likely to offend, insult, humiliate or intimidate that person or group.
Sexual harassment is any unwanted, unwelcome or uninvited behaviour of a sexual nature that makes a person feel humiliated, intimidated or offended.
Sexual harassment can take many different forms and may include physical contact, verbal comments, jokes, propositions, the display of offensive material or other behaviour, which creates a sexually hostile working environment.
Examples of sexual harassment include:
Sexual harassment can involve behaviour that would also be an offence under the criminal law.For example, physical assault, indecent exposure, sexual assault, stalking or obscene communication.
Sexual harassment is not behaviour that is based on mutual attraction, friendship and respect. If the interaction is consensual, welcome and reciprocated it is not sexual harassment.
Everybody who is engaged in activities related to the Western Australian Racing Industry must be aware of their responsibilities and rights with regard to discrimination, including sexual harassment.
Everybody includes owners; trainers; jockeys; RWWA's employees; contractors; trainees and all other associated persons who are engaged in activities in all areas of the racing industry in Western Australia.
Sexual harassment is prohibited in Australia by the Federal Sex Discrimination Act and anti-discrimination laws in all States and Territories. The Sex Discrimination Act prohibits sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination in areas such as employment, the provision of services, education and accommodation.
Sexual harassment is a legally recognised form of sex discrimination. Sexual harassment can be a breach of an employer's common law duty to take reasonable care for the health and safety of employees. It can also be a breach of occupational health and safety legislation.
Stewards are empowered to investigate misconduct or allegations of misconduct and to lay charges and impose penalties under certain Rules of Racing.
Are individual persons responsible? YES.
*Vicarious liability is an employer's legal responsibility for wrongs committed by employees in the course of work.
Seek a complaint channel that you both trust and feel comfortable with. Investigate internal complaint channels. External complaint channels include:
The RWWA Racing Integrity Division at
70 Grandstand Road
Phone: (08) 9445 5333
Greyhound Racing Stewards
Phone: (08) 9445 5237
Thoroughbred Racing Stewards
Phone: (08) 9445 5333
Harness Racing Stewards
Phone: (08) 9445 5157
Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
Level 3, 175 Pitt Street, Sydney
SYDNEY NSW 2000
Phone: (02) 9284 9600
Facsimile: (02) 9284 9611
General Enquiries: 1300 369 711
Complaints Hotline: 1300 656 419
Equal Opportunity Commission
Level 2, Westralia Square
141 St Georges Terrace
PERTH WA 6805
Phone: (08) 9216 3900
Facsimile: (08) 9216 3960
Country Callers (FREECALL): 1800 198 149
Sexual Assault Resource Centre
Phone: (08) 9340 1820
Facsimile: (08) 9381 5426
Crisis Line (24 hours): (08) 9340 1828
Counselling Line (24 hours): (08) 9340 1899
Country Callers (FREECALL): 1800 199 888
Department of Community Development
Counselling Line (24 hours): (08) 9223 1111
Country Callers (FREECALL): 1800 199 008
57 Murray Street
PERTH WA 6000
Counselling Line (24 hours): 131 114