Liberal MP Andrew Laming says he will step down from all parliamentary roles and undergo counselling.
The federal MP issued a statement late on Saturday, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison ordered him to take a private course to help him understand and be aware of his actions.
"I will step down from all Parliamentary roles effective immediately and complete both the counselling courses I committed to; as well as additional clinical counselling, and ask for privacy while that is completed," Dr Laming said in a statement sent to AAP on Saturday night.
"I will have more to say on my future as soon as that process is completed.
"I would like to thank my local community for their understanding during this time and assure them my electorate staff remain available to them."
Dr Laming apologised in parliament on Thursday after harassing two prominent women from his electorate over several years.
However, the MP later backtracked from his offering in a post on Facebook on Thursday night.
"In this climate - I willingly apologise - I didn't even know what for at 4pm when I did it," Dr Laming wrote, following it up with three tongue sticking out emojis and a heart eyes emoji.
His defiance led to speculation the MP is confident his valuable vote would spare him from further punishment. The Morrison government holds a one-seat majority in the House of Representatives.
In response to a question about whether Dr Laming was fit for parliament, Mr Morrison said that was up to voters to judge.
He added that they had been making that judgement in the Bowman MP's case "for many, many years".
"I want to see behaviour change and we've all got a job to do with that, and he certainly has a job to do on this," Mr Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Saturday
The prime minister also said he had no control over Dr Laming's preselection as he wasn't a member of Queensland's Liberal National Party.
The episode is the latest in a crisis which has engulfed the Morrison government and triggered a wider debate about sexual discrimination, harassment and abuse.
The prime minister has been seeking a circuit-breaker after being criticised for his responses to the ongoing conversation, sparked by former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins alleging she was raped by a colleague in 2019.
Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack said men needed to be more respectful to women not only in public, but also in private.
"Perhaps when they're just talking man on man, bloke to bloke, mate to mate, they need to watch what they say, and they don't need that lewd comment about a female, they don't need to tell those jokes," he said.
Mr McCormack said the Nationals have agreed to undergo empathy training in relation to the treatment of women.
He said his MPs were ready "to sit around for an hour or so" to learn from an expert.
"If we can learn from an expert ... and actually learn a few tips on how to not only be better ourselves, but how to call out others for it, then I think that's a good thing," the deputy prime minister said.
Mr Morrison said everyone needed to change their behaviour, but he doesn't want the current crisis to divide Australians.
"I don't want to see gender become a defining thing in this nation. I don't want this to be a women versus men, men versus women issue," the prime minister said.
Australian Associated Press