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This is part of Step 1 in the Workplace Equality and Respect process.

Workplace response and prevention training is important to engage staff in the equality and respect process and so that staff are safe and supported at work.

There are two types of training you need to provide when you take action to promote equality and respect in your workplace.

Response training

Every workplace should provide basic training to ensure staff can respond to colleagues who are experiencing gendered violence and sexual harassment.

Responding to violence against women training provides basic information on how to recognise, respond and refer staff who are experiencing violence. It is necessary for all line managers and HR staff, though you should also offer this training to any staff member who might receive a disclosure. For some workplaces this might mean all staff training. For other workplaces, key people in each team should receive this training.

There are specialist organisations across Australia that deliver response training in workplaces. 1800 RESPECT has a list of these training organisations.

Using an appropriate Employee Assistance Program (EAP) can also be helpful.

Prevention Training

In addition to response training, your workplace should provide training to staff on workplace prevention of violence against women. This training should be offered to staff at different levels including executives, managers and the team implementing Workplace Equality and Respect.

Our Watch has developed a range of training sessions that can be delivered to your staff. This training covers how gender inequality drives violence against women, the role workplaces have in preventing violence and how promoting gender equality is good for your workplace. These sessions will also allow your staff to ask questions about the changes they might see at work and how they can be involved.

The Workplace Equality and Respect training package includes sessions for:

  1. Implementation Team (minimum 4 hours) to introduce the Workplace Equality and Respect standards, process and tools and support them to implement it in their own workplace.
  2. Executive and senior leaders (2 hours) to ensure they understand the workplace prevention of violence against women and provide support and resourcing for the work.
  3. Managers (3 hours) to support them to recognise the powerful role they play in influencing workplace culture and see how they can actively support gender equality.
  4. All staff (2 hours) to introduce the key drivers of violence against women and the concept of bystander action.

These training sessions need to be delivered by someone who has expertise in the prevention of violence against women and understanding of the Workplace Equality and Respect Standards and process. Contact Our Watch for more information about training and qualified facilitators.

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