The Australian Army has achieved accreditation as a White Ribbon Australia Workplace, the Chief Executive Officer of White Ribbon Australia, Ms Libby Davies, announced today.
Speaking at the Royal Military College – Duntroon, Ms Davies said the internationally recognised program had reached more than 400,000 Australian adults via their workplaces.
“Over the past 18 months, the Australian Army and 13 other organisations from across the public and private sectors, have dedicated time and resources to review and enhance their HR policies and procedures, the way in which they communicate with staff and have delivered training on what it means to work in a safe and respectful workplace.
“We congratulate all newly accredited workplaces on receipt of their accreditation,” Ms Davies said.
“The diversity of organisations we are accrediting today, from small to large employers, all recognise that ending men’s violence against women is absolutely a workplace issue.”
The Chief of the Army, Lieutenant General Angus Campbell, DSC, AM said the Army was committed to addressing attitudes and behaviours that allowed violence against women to occur.
“Domestic and family violence is a matter of respect. Army’s values of courage, initiative, respect and teamwork are required in the workplace or on the battlefield, just as much as they are required at home,” LTGEN Campbell said.
“With today’s announcement, our Army becomes Australia’s largest White Ribbon Accredited Workplace and a strong community leader in the area of the prevention of violence against women.
“Domestic and family violence cannot be separated into public versus private behaviour. In achieving White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation our Army is clearly demonstrating a commitment to the protection of women from violence.”
In order to achieve White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation the Army had to meet a range of assessment criteria over an 18 month period.
During the accreditation process, all uniformed and civilian personnel working in the Army completed a survey to gain an insight into the organisation’s understanding of violence against women.
The Army also completed education and awareness training, a comparative workforce survey, implemented new polices and completed a self assessment.
For more information about the White Ribbon Australia Workplace Accreditation Program or White Ribbon Australia’s campaign to prevent men’s violence against women, visit www.whiteribbon.org.au/workplaces
Imagery from today’s announcement will be available at: http://images.defence.gov.au/S20153262
Video from the announcement will be fed to the Federal Parliamentary Press Gallery later today.
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