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White Ribbon Accreditation

We are committed to providing a healthy and safe working environment for our employees. This includes support to employees affected by domestic and family violence (DFV).

As part of this commitment, we are joining 12 other Queensland Government agencies to participate in the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program.

DFV is a workplace issue—it can impact a person’s safety, wellbeing, attendance, and performance at work.

Research shows:

  • 1 in 6 Australian women, and 1 in 19 Australian men, has experienced physical abuse from a current partner or former partner
  • two-thirds of Australian women affected by DFV are employed, and 1 in 5 Australian women say violence continues at work
  • 9 in 10 incidents are not reported.

The White Ribbon program accredits workplaces that promote respectful, safe and inclusive cultures by taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence. Each agency needs to meet 3 standards and 15 criteria by the end of September 2017 to be accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace.

Workplace activities

Our commitment to DFV prevention and support is ongoing. Some of our key activities include:

  • introducing a domestic and family violence policy
  • encouraging employees to stand up, speak out and act to prevent DFV
  • providing workplace training to assist employees and managers affected by domestic and family violence
  • providing access to employee support services, including an employee assistance service and early intervention centre
  • promoting key events that raise awareness of domestic and family violence, including Domestic and Family Violence Prevention Month, the Darkness to Daylight Challenge Run, White Ribbon Night and White Ribbon Day, and
  • launching a White Ribbon canvas tour to provide staff with the opportunity to be involved in our accreditation process.

Our journey toward workplace accreditation will culminate in an event to mark White Ribbon Day in November 2017.

Last updated 19 July 2017    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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