A White Ribbon Workplace

31 March 2017

Surf Coast Shire Council has been officially recognised by White Ribbon Australia for its commitment to preventing and responding to violence against women, becoming a White Ribbon Workplace.

Council is believed to be the first organisation in the G21 region to receive White Ribbon accreditation. It is another groundbreaking move for Surf Coast Shire Council following the development of the Family Violence Leave Policy in 2010.

“We believe that workplaces can make a difference in stopping violence against women,” Chief Executive Officer Keith Baillie said.

“Our White Ribbon accreditation is another action which strengthens our commitment to stop violence and abuse both in the workplace and in the community.

“It’s another significant show of leadership, given we were the first Victorian local government to introduce a family violence policy and provide paid leave to support employees experiencing domestic violence.”

To gain White Ribbon accreditation, organisations must demonstrate effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, HR policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

Surf Coast Shire Council Mayor Brian McKiterick said extensive documentation was submitted to gain accreditation, including details of the annual White Ribbon Day campaign.  

“The campaign encourages people to stand up, speak out and act to prevent men’s violence against women,” Cr McKiterick said.

“We want all people in our communities to live safely and free from all forms of abuse. As a Council we have a responsibility to set an example when it comes to gender equity and respectful relationships – this White Ribbon accreditation ensures we are continuing to do that.”

Surf Coast Shire Council is part of the sixth and largest group of White Ribbon Workplace graduates. It brings the total number of Australian employers to achieve accreditation to 106, with 78 other organisations working toward accreditation.

Lasting three years, accreditation is an ongoing commitment to drive change in the prevention of violence against women. Employers that want to find out more about becoming a White Ribbon organisation can contact Surf Coast Shire Council Human Resources Coordinator Brady Curran (5261 0839).