2018 Conference

Date: 29 June 2018

Location: Park Hyatt, Melbourne

Topic: Impact of Domestic Violence upon the Workplace

Submissions: Submissions for presentations to be provided by 30 April 2018

Costs: No cost to financial members

Registration: Confirmation of attendance is required by the 30 May 2018


Conference Summary

The economic cost of domestic & family violence to the Australian economy is currently estimated be be in excess of $10 billion.

Common costs and impacts include decreased staff performance and productivity, increased staff turnover and absenteeism as well as negative impact on the organisation’s reputation and image.

Actions a workplace can take to ensure that they are providing adequate support for victims and survivors of domestic & family violence include:

  • The role of leaders
  • Establish clear policies and procedures
  • Make provision for leave or flexible work arrangements
  • Establish clear roles and responsibilities and build capacity
  • Implement an awareness-raising and education programs
  • Conduct safety planning with affected employees
  • Provide referrals and external support
  • Ensure adequate support is provided for affected employees

There is much research indicating that supporting victims of domestic & family violence within the workplace can bring about significant positive differences, not only to the lives of effected individuals and their families, but also to the culture of the workplace.