Family and Domestic Violence: Contact Officer Training | New Online Workshop 2021|


Event Details

19 April 2021, 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Family and domestic violence (FDV) is a critical national health and welfare issue. It is also an often underappreciated workplace issue, with the Australian Human Rights Commission estimating that violence from an intimate partner affects one in six Australian female workers. Further, one in five women say the violence continues at work.

Alarmingly, recent research indicates that Google searches related to FDV have increased by 75% since the first recorded COVID-19 case in Australia, and Monash University research has indicated that the number of first-time family violence reports had gone up for 42% per cent of practitioners surveyed since the COVID-19 pandemic commenced.

Now, more than ever, it is imperative that your Managers, Directors and HR team understand the challenges that an employee’s exposure to FDV can present for them as an individual, as well as to the broader workforce, and to appreciate how to support employees experiencing FDV while also managing legal risk.

This workshop will be delivered by Georgie Chapman, Partner at HR Legal and Brianna Cattanach, Principal Consultant at Gallagher Workplace Risk and provides a unique experience for senior executives, managers and HR professionals. It provides participants the skills to become a family and domestic violence “contact officer” in the workplace. The session will cover:

  • What is family and domestic violence (FDV)?
  • What are the minimum legal entitlements of employees experiencing FDV and the associated health and safety considerations?
  • How do privacy and confidentiality considerations apply to FDV?
  • What is considered best practice workplace policy and procedure in response to FDV?
  • What can workplaces do to support a team member who may be impacted, including those working remotely?
  • What considerations should be made regarding discrimination risks which may apply to employees experiencing FDV?
  • Review of case studies exploring practical strategies and processes to best manage specific scenarios relating to FDV.

In addition to participating, you’ll also receive:

  • A template FDV policy to support your workers
  • Team member support pack and related resource
  • Completion certificate to recognise your contribution in building a safe and resilient workforce

“I recently completed the Family and Domestic Violence Contact Officer Training through HR Legal and Gallagher Workplace Risk. The training was personal, informative and very useful. The post training package of support is also extremely helpful and I would recommend any organization complete this training as a priority.” – Paula Sutherland, Safety & Wellbeing Business Partner, Albury Wodonga Health

Event Details:

Venue: Online delivery via Webex
Date:  Monday, 19 April 2021
Time:  2:00pm to 5:30pm AEDT (Sydney, Melbourne time)
Cost:  $420 per participant


To register for this workshop please click here.

For workshop enquires, please contact Terryel Hu, Training Consultant, at or on 0438 722 887.

  • Our seminars, webinars and workshops are for the benefit of those working in organisations who are seeking learning and development opportunities in employment law and workplace safety. As per this, we do not allow competitors to attend our seminars. HR Legal reserves the right to cancel the registration of those who may be a competitor to our organisation. Please note that if we note that your organisation offers similar services to ours we will cancel your registration.