CSIRO has launched a workplace response to Domestic and Family Violence and Abuse (DFVA), with the full support of the Staff Association.
DFVA is an issue that impacts many in the Australian community, including our colleagues in CSIRO. It is a workplace issue affecting the safety and wellbeing of staff and the ability to effectively function at work.
What does the response involve?
CSIRO has introduced a range of support systems and resources which can be readily accessed on myCSIRO. These include flexible working arrangements, a specialised Employee Assistance Program, access to external services and DFVA contact officers as well as resources for leaders and managers to support staff.
CSIRO will provide paid leave for staff dealing with domestic and family violence and abuse issues. The amount of paid leave, however, is unlikely to be included in a new CSIRO Enterprise Agreement (EA) as the Government Bargaining policy considers such a change as an ‘enhancement’ to the EA.
Staff Association role
The Staff Association has a network of organisers and delegates that can provide immediate support and advice to members dealing with DFVA issues.
Members are provided with representation which often helps to alleviate the immediate DFVA circumstance at work and gives members time, information and access to options.
Expert community resources are being used to inform CSIRO’s workplace response to DFVA. In particular, Our Watch (https://www.ourwatch.org.au/) and Follow My Lead (https://www.insightexchange.net/follow-my-lead/) are recommended for all staff.