White Ribbon Workplace accreditation

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On 2 March 2018, the department received accreditation as a White Ribbon Workplace.

Accreditation recognises our role as a pioneer in contributing to the national cultural change to prevent and respond to violence against women and family violence, both inside and outside the workplace.

It is the culmination of 18 months' work, in which the department has demonstrated leadership and commitment to create a safer and more respectful workplace for everyone.

Outstanding achievement

White Ribbon's Independent Workplace Assessors recognised the impact of these efforts with the award of two outstanding achievements in the following areas: 

  1. The commitment of resources, including the appointment of Christine Nixon APM as Project Sponsor, the establishment of the White Ribbon Working Group, the review of more than 30 policies, and the development of manager and staff training.
  2. The delivery of a creative and engaging internal communications strategy, resulting in increased staff awareness of the issues, as evidenced in the follow-up survey results.

A White Ribbon Workplace

The department now joins White Ribbon Australia's network of White Ribbon Workplaces for the next three years. 

A White Ribbon Accreditation Future Workplan has been developed, which outlines the work that will be undertaken to maintain accreditation.  This includes promoting the on-line family violence training module to all staff, consulting with employees on the policy review undertaken, and reviewing the White Ribbon Working Group. 

The department will also continue to acknowledge White Ribbon Day as an annual departmental event and will promote messages around respectful relationships, the family violence policy and support services.

White Ribbon is the largest global movement to prevent violence against women. It works through a primary prevention approach, understanding that men are central to achieving the social change necessary to prevent men's violence against women.

Our commitment

  • We do not tolerate violence against women
  • We have a zero tolerance towards family violence
  • We recognise and commit to addressing violence against women, whether inside or outside the workplace
  • We say speaking out against family violence is everyone's business
  • Violence against women comes in many forms and can include physical, emotional, mental, economic or verbal abuse. We say any form of violence against women is not okay
  • Our team members are asked to never excuse or remain silent about violence against women, and to always take action
  • Our leadership team is committed to raising awareness in our workplace to end family violence and violence against women, in all its forms, in both the workplace and home
  • We recognise that team members sometimes experience situations of violence or abuse that may affect their attendance or performance at work.

Page last updated: 6 March 2018