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White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation

The Department of Justice is proudly working with White Ribbon to create a safer workplace and prevent violence against women.

White Ribbon commitment - from the Secretary

The Department of Justice is committed to achieving White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation. While this is a whole of government commitment, accreditation is not a ‘tick the box’ exercise; it is an opportunity for all of us to think about the positive workplace and cultural changes we want to make to ensure the Department is a safe and supportive workplace for everyone.

The statistics on family violence are stark:

  • On average, one woman a week is killed by a current or former partner.
  • Over 60% of women experiencing family violence are working.
  • One in five Australian women say the violence continues at work and one in five women report having experienced harassment in the workplace.

The Department of Justice plays a key role in the response to family violence. That doesn’t mean we aren’t affected by it ourselves. Anyone can be at risk of experiencing violence. Family violence is not just a private issue, it’s a workplace issue and it’s up to all of us to be part of the change we want to see. The Department is determined to ensure anyone affected by family violence is supported; that our employees feel safe at work and are confident in seeking support if and when they need it.

Achieving accreditation over the next 12 months is only the start of the process. I want this Department to be one which values and promotes respectful relationships, is free from sexism and harassment, and where people feel confident and supported to stand up and speak out against all forms of violence and abuse.

Kathrine Morgan-Wicks, Secretary, Department of Justice