Notice of Motion – Male Champions of Change – Practical Guide for Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence
Minister for Women, the Hon Jacquie Petrusma MP
17 November, 2015
Madam Speaker, I give notice that on tomorrow I shall move that this House notes that:
- In an Australian first, members of the Male Champions of Change who employ a collective 600,000 employees have worked with experts to create a practical guide for workplaces looking to respond to domestic and family violence. Playing Our Part: Workplace Responses to Domestic and Family Violence calls on all leaders to “Play Their Part” in reducing the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence.
- As Champions of Change Chair, businesswoman, advocate and former Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick said, Playing Our Part is significant because this is the first time the nation’s most powerful business leaders including Telstra, KPMG, Deloitte and Qantas, have come together to acknowledge domestic violence as a workplace issue and are committed to taking practical action to reduce the prevalence and impact of such violence, and to sharing what they have learned.
- Today, around 1.4 million Australian women are living in an abusive relationship or have done so in the past, with around 800,000 in the paid workforce. Economic factors are the most significant predictor of whether a woman experiencing domestic violence remains, escapes, or returns to an abusive relationship.
- Playing our Part describes practical actions that organisations can take to reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence, supported by examples of responses from Male Champions of Change organisations.
- To reduce the prevalence and impact of domestic and family violence the Tasmanian Government has provisions for family violence leave, as well as a range of support mechanisms and training for managers and employees.
- Further, under Safe Homes, Safe Families, Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan all Tasmanian Government departments will undertake the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. To date, the Departments of Premier and Cabinet, Treasury and Finance, and Police and Emergency Management have all passed the first phase of the accreditation process, with other agencies to follow in the future.