FedUni White Ribbon Accreditation

White Ribbon program and the University's stance against family violence

The University has chosen to participate in the White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program. The University's new Collective Agreement now includes leave provisions for staff members affected by domestic violence: Refer to clause 55.1.

The Vice-Chancellor has signed our Statement of Commitment which formally recognises our pledge to make a difference in stopping violence against women, and committing the University to working towards certification as a White Ribbon Australia Accredited workplace.

By committing to the accreditation program, the University aims to

  • Provide a work and study environment that supports victims of family violence
  • Raise awareness of family violence and its impacts in the workplace; and
  • Create a working environment that promotes gender equality and models non-violent and respectful relationships.

Actions the University is taking

  • The Vice-Chancellor, Professor David Battersby has become a White Ribbon Ambassador.
  • A White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation Program Steering Group has been formed and will take a lead role in finalising the accreditation process. The steering group members are: Professor David Battersby, Mr Marcus Probert, Mr Luke Icely, Ms Barbara Webb, Ms Kelley Jones; Mr Adrian Tinetti and Ms Deborah Walker.
  • Over the coming months Marcus and Luke will lead working parties to undertake various accreditation activities. An expression on interest for volunteers (particularly men) to participate will commence soon.
  • The University's new Collective Agreement now includes leave provisions for staff members affected by domestic violence.

Engage with the White Ribbon program

  • Get involved by swearing the oath, becoming an ambassador or becoming a 'Face of White Ribbon'.
  • There is an array of information on White Ribbon and associated activities on the White Ribbon webpage.
  • You can swear the White Ribbon Oath online: http://www.whiteribbon.org.au/standup
  • You may also wish to participate in the White Ribbon online training program.
  • Male staff members can sign up to become a White Ribbon Workplace Ambassador or any staff member can become an advocate.
  • The YouTube Tedtalk by Jackson Katz is recommended viewing. This is a thought-provoking talk that challenges the concept of domestic violence and sexual abuse being called "women's issues". In this bold and blunt talk, Katz points out that these are intrinsically men's issues and shows how these violent behaviours are tied to definitions of manhood. It is a clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behaviour and be leaders of change.