AT WORK: Ararat Rural City Council staff Brett Nicholson, Olivia Mackley and Campbell O’Brien on their first day with Melanie Roberts, Dave Sanders, Bill Metcalfe and Craig Marrow. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDARARAT Rural City Council will continue to promote the [email protected] program introduced in2014 despite state government funding cuts to the program.
The [email protected] program aims to create a positive cultural shift toward the attitude and behaviours ofemployees at Ararat Rural City Council, both in the work place and in their social and family lives.
Council has been proactively engaging in events to support the prevention of family violence,including training for all employees on being an active bystander.
This includes the organisation ofWhite Ribbon Day which is held annually in November.
Ararat Rural City Council was one of the first Councils in Victoria to have included a family violenceclause in their Enterprise Agreement, which offers ongoing support to any employees experiencingfamily violence.
Council also completed a policy audit to ensure policies are in place that address bullying,harassment, sexist language, offensive behaviour and gender equality.
As part of the program, new employees receive information during induction, including;
Who to contact if you or someone you know is experiencing family violence.Acknowledgement that the work place plays a role in prevention.Some tips on how to respond if they suspect family violence is occurring.This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.