This release presents detailed sexual harassment statistics from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2021-22 Personal Safety Survey (PSS).
The survey collected information from persons aged 18 years and over about the nature and extent of their experiences of violence.
Summary statistics on all topics collected in the PSS can be found in Personal Safety, Australia.
For lifetime sexual harassment prevalence data from 2016, refer to the ‘Experience of sexual harassment’ section of the 2016 Personal Safety, Australia publication.
The ABS would like to thank those who participated in the survey and acknowledges the experiences of people affected by sexual harassment who are represented in this report.
The 2021-22 PSS was conducted between March 2021 and May 2022 during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout this time, government policies were in place to reduce the spread of COVID-19, including stay-at-home orders, border control measures, limits on gatherings, and social distancing rules. The survey results should be understood and interpreted within the broader context of the wide-ranging changes to everyday life during the pandemic.
Data quality and interpretation
In the written commentary, where a prevalence rate is described as higher or lower than a comparative rate, or one group is described as more or less likely to have experienced sexual harassment than another group, the difference has been found to be statistically significant at the 95% confidence level.
Figures marked with an asterisk (*) have a relative standard error of between 25% and 50% and should be used with caution.
While the PSS collects the same information from both men and women, detailed socio-demographic and characteristic data for men who experienced sexual harassment are not sufficiently statistically reliable to include in the commentary. Summary statistics for men are available in the data downloads.
For more information about statistical significance, relative standard error, and men’s data quality, refer to the Personal Safety, Australia Methodology.