Bass Coast,

Council becomes White Ribbon accredited

Bass Coast Shire Council is proud to have been successfully accredited as a White Ribbon Workplace to coincide with White Ribbon Day on Friday, 25 November.

Over the past 18 months, the organisation and its staff have had to demonstrate effective leadership, resource allocation, communication, Human Resources policy development and training to create a safer and more respectful workplace.

Responses to a survey by staff demonstrated that they understand why men’s violence against women is a workplace issue, and how to help each other if affected by domestic violence.

Council's submission was assessed by two independent White Ribbon Workplace Assessors.

Bass Coast Mayor, Cr Pamela Rothfield, said Council receiving three Outstanding Achievement ratings was the icing on the cake.

“We are very proud to have received Outstanding Achievement ratings for our External Communications, including the #ChalkItUp campaign Council ran for White Ribbon Day in 2015, as well as for Staff Training, and Managers and Supervisors Training,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Accreditation is for three years and during this time we will continue our commitment to gender equality and supporting employees to be more respectful across all spheres.”

White Ribbon Day is part of a global movement to end men’s violence against women and starts with changing the behaviours that support of excuse violence against women in Australia.

Cr Rothfield said in Australia, one in three women has experienced physical or sexual assault in her lifetime; however incidents of family violence in Bass Coast are higher than the state average.

“These women are our mothers, girlfriends, wives, daughters, colleagues and friends,” Cr Rothfield said.

“Council is one of the largest employers in the Shire, and our female employees make up 58 per cent of staff. We want to lead the conversation about domestic violence and continue to raise awareness in our community.”