White Ribbon at Treasury

Treasury is now a Proud White Ribbon Accredited Workplace

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What is White Ribbon?

White Ribbon is Australia's only national, male led Campaign to end men's violence against women. Their Vision is for all women to live in safety free from all forms of men's violence. Making women's safety a man's issue too.

Globally, White Ribbon is the world's largest male-led movement to end men's violence against women. In 2003, White Ribbon was brought to Australia through UNIFEM (now UN Women).

White Ribbon Australia observes the International Day of the Elimination of Violence against Women, also known as White Ribbon Day, annually on November 25. White Ribbon Day signals the start of the 16 Days of Activism to Stop Violence against Women, which ends on Human Rights Day (December 10).

Treasury is now an accredited workplace

  • Treasury is now officially recognised by White Ribbon Australia as a pioneer in contributing to national cultural change to prevent and respond to violence against women.
  • Over the past 18 months, Treasury has demonstrated effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace, supporting employees to be respectful across all spheres.
  • Organisational evidence submitted by Treasury has been independently reviewed by external assessors who are experienced specialists across organisational development, gender equity, health and organisational development. Treasury welcomed the independent review of organisational policy, practice and culture.
  • Branding as a 'White Ribbon Workplace' is exclusively available to organisations that have supplied documented evidence in practice against White Ribbon Australia's Workplace Accreditation Framework. In most cases, organisations have submitted hundreds of documents, including HR policies, training records and communications to showcase evidence in practice.
  • As with any change, Treasury's commitment and its efforts to create a safer and more respectful workplace, must be sustained and Treasury will need to continue to demonstrate its commitment to preventing and responding to violence against women.



Why did Treasury undertake the White Ribbon Accreditation Program?

White Ribbon has highlighted some of the devastating impacts that violence against women can have on a community, including:

  • Over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner;
  • One in three woman have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them;
  • One in five women experience harassment within the workplace;
  • In Australia, one in four children are exposed to domestic violence; and
  • Indigenous women and girls are 35 times more likely than the wider female population to be hospitalised due to family violence.

In recognition of the national issue of family violence and violence against women in the community, Treasury worked alongside the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Police, Fire and Emergency Management to implement the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation program. This anti- violence initiative was aimed at encouraging individuals to take an active role in promoting a positive workplace culture. The Accreditation Program was a great opportunity to revise internal policies and procedures that aimed to assist in the prevention of violence against women and to equip staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to recognise and appropriately act when violence against women does occur.

The Secretary of Treasury, Tony Ferrall, was the overall sponsor of the White Ribbon program within Treasury and believed that by undertaking the Accreditation Program, Treasury would be taking an important step towards changing the cultural views across the Tasmanian State Service and society more generally. White Ribbon has identified, that workplaces like Treasury, that take active steps to stop violence against women, may experience a number of benefits to the staff and the organisation including:

  • Being a leader and driver of social change to strengthen gender equality and stop violence against women;
  • Improved workplace culture, office safety and morale;
  • Increased knowledge and skills of staff to address violence against women;
  • Improved retention rates and lower staff turnover;
  • Improved productivity and reduced absenteeism; and
  • Improved reputation.