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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 havejoinedother Queensland Government agencies to participate in the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program. The White Ribbon program accredits workplaces that promote respectful, safe and inclusive cultures by taking active steps to prevent and respond to violence

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.

In November 2017, our department achieved White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation, to further support our employees affected by DFV.

Workplace activities

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

  • maintaining 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, 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 on November 20.​​​

Last updated 07 January 2019    Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

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