The Queensland Government’s workplace support package strengthens support for employees affected by domestic and family violence (DFV). It includes a whole-of-government directive, a model policy template for agencies to adopt and customise, DFV-related support options and resources, and workplace partners.
We encourage local government, business, and non-government organisations (NGOs) to adopt this package to suit the needs of their workplace.
Everyone has the right to feel safe and supported in the workplace.
Directive 03/20 – Support for employees affected by domestic and family violence (DFV) details support options available in our workplace:
- a minimum of 10 days paid DFV leave
- flexible work arrangements
- reasonable workplace adjustments
- counselling through employee assistance programs (EAP).
The directive provides Queensland Government public service employees with more favourable entitlements than the minimum safety net entitlements for state and local government employees outlined in the Industrial Relations Act 2016.
We encourage workplaces to implement a DFV policy to support employees affected by DFV.
Download the model policy template.
We encourage leaders to sign a pledge to show their commitment to ending DFV, and to display in workplaces.
Download the leadership pledge template .
Employees can increase their understanding of DFV and how to support affected colleagues by completing the online Recognise, Respond, Refer program developed by Australia’s CEO Challenge in partnership with the Queensland Government. The program offers insight into how to deal with situations related to DFV that may arise in the workplace.
Contact your local human resource team for more information.
- how to support affected employees in the workplace
- about the Queensland Government's response and progress to end DFV
Learn how to:
- apply the DFV directive
- conduct a workplace risk assessment and develop a workplace safety plan
- use the Workplace risk management guide to help you with your risk assessment and safety plan
- have conversations with affected employees
- support affected employees during COVID-19
Agencies and workplaces
- about the government’s comprehensive workplace approach to employees who use or may use violence and abuse
- how workplaces can implement comprehensive responses to DFV
- about a whole-of-government capability approach to support long term cultural change in the workplace
- about the government’s multi-agency approach to White Ribbon Australia workplace accreditation
- about social procurement (relating to DFV) when buying for Queensland Government
- about the government’s workplace response to DFV (November 2016)
We encourage agencies to use these workplace resources to raise awareness of DFV prevention and support options for affected employees:
- White Ribbon Australia leadership oath poster
- White Ribbon Australia staff oath poster
- Workplace key messages
- EAP poster Davidson Trahaire Corpsych (DTC)
- EAP poster OPTUM
- screensaver Not Now, Not Ever
- screensaver Recognise, Respond, Refer e-learning program
- Not Now Not Ever campaign – workplaces