It’s been over two-and-a-half years since the launch of NOW, a not-for-profit, non-partisan organisation for people across all industries who have been sexually harassed in the workplace.

Since March 2018 the organisation first lead by journalist Tracey Spicer AM has been involved in the Power to Prevent Campaign, Fair Agenda’s Election Scorecard, and the Australian Human Rights Commission’s (AHRC) National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in the Workplace, which published its fourth batch of submissions in July.

However, an article published by Buzzfeed News over the weekend unpacked NOW’s initiatives and focus since its launch and claimed it made promises it couldn’t keep.

NOW Australia’s Board has responded to the article with a statement which details its movements from launch until now.

The organisation addressed Buzzfeed‘s report which said NOW promised a triage service for survivors and is yet to provide one.

“In these early days, we came to the view that we couldn’t, shouldn’t and wouldn’t be taking disclosures as an organisation given we did not have the necessary scale, expertise or resources,” reads the statement.

“While we signposted this on our website from mid-2018 (and in the Chair’s report at our November 2018 AGM), we have rightly been criticised for failing to communicate this sufficiently.”