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Tailored training programs for your organisation

The Working Women’s Centre offers a variety of workplace and community organisation training programs, shaped by research and examples of best practice.

Our programs have been developed to identify primary issues for vulnerable workers, utilising intervention and prevention strategies to promote a positive and supportive workplace. 

Our goal is to provide workplaces with the practical tools to support their staff through training, policy development and ongoing consultation.

Our training packages range from 1.5 hours – 3 hours, can be tailored to suit your organisational needs and most can be delivered virtually when face-to-face learning is not essential. Our workshops are for all staff but can be adapted specifically for managers, executives, site leaders, contact officers, or volunteers.

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Our training packages

Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment

This training is for organisations to increase knowledge of what sexual harassment in the workplace is according to current legislation. Organisations will learn practical strategies to prevent sexual harassment at work and how to create a positive workplace culture, free from inappropriate behaviours.

What we will cover

  • Defining Sexual Harassment.
  • Handling disclosures and managing complaints.
  • Current legislation and understanding employer obligations.
  • Understanding of the impact of sexual harassment on the workplace.
  • Bystander awareness.
  • Cultural context and community opinion.

Who this training is for: Everyone

Length: 3 hours

Format: This content is best delivered in person

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Recognise and Respond to Domestic and Family Violence in the Workplace

Our training (aligned with White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation program criteria) is a comprehensive approach to understanding Domestic and Family Violence as a workplace issue. The training provides further opportunity for practical skills development and engagement strategies that build on existing knowledge.

What we will cover

  • Why is domestic and family violence a workplace issue?
  • What is your role in recognising and responding to domestic and family violence at work?
  • What is domestic and family violence safety planning at work?
  • Strategies on what prevention initiatives will be implemented in the future.
  • Understanding Gender Equity and Gendered Drivers and the role this plays in Domestic and Family Violence.

Who this training is for: Everyone (specific content can be delivered for contact officers)

Length: 3 hours

Format: In person or Virtual

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Bystander Intervention Training

This workshop provides the tools to empower staff to act with confidence when observing instances of harassment, bullying, and gendered violence. The training aims to help organisations introduce bystander initiatives as part of their workplace culture to reduce and discourage negative behaviours. This session is complementary to the Workplace Equity and Respect training and makes an excellent follow-up to the content learned.

What we will cover

  • What is bystander apathy?
  • The difference between a passive or an active bystander.
  • The 4 gendered drivers of violence against women.
  • Key steps for implementing effective bystander initiatives.
  • Why is bystander intervention necessary in primary prevention of violence?

Who this training is for: Everyone

Length: 2.5 hours

Format: In person

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Workplace Equity and Respect

A workplace training program that provides organisations the tools needed to facilitate change in the workplace and the community. By identifying the gendered drivers of violence against women, teams can implement tools and processes to improve workplace culture and consciously support gender equity. This training uses framework from the Workplace Equality and Respect Standards developed by Our Watch and allows a collaborative approach to create a workplace and a society where women are safe, equal and valued.

What we will cover

  • Prevalence, types and impacts of violence against women.
  • Drivers of violence against women, including the misconceptions about what causes violence against women.
  • How violence against women and gender inequality manifest and are reinforced in workplaces.
  • Practical actions to prevent violence against women and promote gender equality in workplaces.

Who this training is for: Everyone

Length: 2.5 hours

Format: In person

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When Violence Comes to Work

When Violence Comes to Work is a series of workshops as part of our workplace education and training program that equips workers with skills and engagement strategies to recognise and prevent gendered violence the workplace. The training program promotes a culture of inclusivity and respect to provide the tools for a healthy and safe workplace. The content shines a light on how the working rights of women and other at-risk people are breached when instances of violence, harassment, bullying, and bystander apathy occur. The workshops are done as a 3-part series.

What we will cover

  • Defining Domestic and Family Violence, Workplace Bullying or Sexual Harassment.
  • The role the workplace to recognise and respond to violence
  • The responsibilities of managers, contact officers or staff when handling disclosures
  • The 4 Gendered drivers Framework for best practice
  • Overview of vicarious trauma
  • Bystander awareness
  • Workplace safety planning (for DFV Disclosures) Scenarios and group activities
  • Developing a positive team culture

Who this training is for: Everyone

Length: Varies from 2.5 – 3 hours per session

Format: In person

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Defining and Handling Workplace Bullying

This training package addresses the issue of workplace bullying and explores practical prevention strategies. Participants gain insight into what classifies as workplace bullying according to industrial law and how to create a positive workplace culture, committed to the promotion of supportive policies and free from unacceptable behaviours.

What we will cover

  • Definition of Bullying.
  • Identifying the differences between bullying and harassment.
  • Handling disclosures and managing complaints.
  • Understanding the negative effect bullying has on the workplace.
  • Bystander awareness. 
  • Current legislation and understanding employer obligations.
  • Group Work: scenarios and practical learning activities.

Who this training is for: Everyone

Length: 3 hours

Format: In person or Virtual

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Building a Positive Team Culture

This training package is a great way to connect with colleagues, while covering engagement strategies to build a positive team culture of inclusivity and respect, providing the tools for a healthy and safe workplace. We highly recommended this training to compliment other workshops as part of a series, but can also be run on its own.

What we will cover

  • What are your team norms, individual and collective strengths
  • What are your responsibilities to your team within your role
  • How to work from home and collaborate successfully
  • Assessment on communication styles and mapping team approach
  • Self-care and building a mentally healthy workplace

Who this training is for: All staff

Length: 2.5 hours

Format: In person

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Virtual Training Seminars

All our training packages can be adapted to be delivered as a webinar format as a result of the increase of staff working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We have a specific series of webinars specifically when home has become a place of work covering the Occupational Health and Safety obligations and employer responsibilities according to current law. Topics include: How to Support a Team Working Remotely, Handling Domestic and Family Violence Disclosures, Promoting health and safety, and other topics on the impact COVID-19 has on vulnerable workers.

Who this training is for: Varies

Length: Varies 1 hour – 3 hours (longer sessions are held in 1.5 hour blocks)

Format: Zoom or chosen platform

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Organisations we've trained

  • South Australian Government
  • Australian Services Union
  • City of Holdfast Bay
  • Anglicare
  • Australian Taxation Office
  • Australian Labor Party
  • The Greens

Consultancy

In addition to our workplace training packages, we can offer consultancy services to help organisations adopt best practice employment framework. Policy development, revision, implementation, and resources that complement our training programs. Our goal is to ensure a safe and equitable workplace for women and other vulnerable workers. Fee for consultancy engagement vary. Policy consultancy services are included when you book a training package.

  • The Working Women’s Centre has delivered training to over 280 leaders since 2017 that is contextualised to the audience and in line with our department’s policy and procedures. The feedback from leaders has always been really positive.

    Lisa May

    Leadership Project Officer, South Australia Government

  • The trainer’s knowledge and experience was evident by how they focused the content and conversation relevant within our roles.

    Anonymous

    Local Government

  • Everyone walked away feeling empowered, which is the outcome I had hoped for. The response from staff was very positive, given the nature of the topic.

    Anonymous (Participant feedback from training a tailored program 'When Violence comes to Work Responding to disclosures and Workplace Safety Planning)

    Childcare Centre

  • Enjoyable and informative. Also kept the session upbeat despite covering a heavy topic. The presenter did this respectfully.

    Anonymous (Participant feedback from, 'Recognise and Respond to Domestic and Family Violence in the Workplace Training)

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