Challenge to implement DV workplace policies
A CEO Challenge Breakfast event was held recently at the Frenchville Sports Club to raise public and private sector workplaces' awareness to changes of the Fair Work Act.
Organised by the Zonta Club Rockhampton, the breakfast was for CEO's to be upskilled in the topic of domestic and family violence, so they could then implement procedures into their own workplaces.
The program was presented by Jacque Taka, Program Manager, CEO Challenge, with the Capricornia Police District Superintendent, Ron Van Saane, setting the scene with some sobering statistics on the number of reported DV incidences & breaches of orders.
Changes to the Fair Work Act now provide right for workers to request flexible work arrangements if they are experiencing domestic violence.
At the same time, changes have been made to the National Employment Standards that now require workplaces to be informed about the impact DV has on the workplace, and how to recognise and respond appropriately.
The CEO Challenge Workplace Programs provides a process to enable this to happen by supporting companies and organisations to develop realistic policies and procedures, and to train staff in how to 'Recognise, Respond, and Refer' colleagues affected by DV. The aim is not to get the message across to every workplace.
For immediate assistance contact DV Connect Womensline: 1800 811 811, DV Connect Mensline: 1800 600 636 or POLICE: 000.