The GPT Group has introduced a new policy to assist employees impacted by domestic and family violence. The new policy includes the provision of 10 days additional paid leave, up to $5,000 of financial support, and access to a range of counselling and support services.
Coinciding with White Ribbon Day and The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the launch of GPT’s Domestic and Family Violence Policy recognises the significant role organisations can play in reducing the impact of domestic violence.
“Domestic violence has a significant impact on the lives of many Australians, with one in four children exposed to it and one in six women having experienced it,” said GPT chief executive Bob Johnston.
“It is a problem that organisations such as ours cannot ignore given the impact domestic violence can have on the well-being of employees and their ability to be productive at work,” Mr Johnston said.
“GPT acknowledges it can play a significant role in offering meaningful and practical support to help any of its employees who could be affected by domestic and family violence.”
Included in GPT’s Domestic and Family Violence Policy:
- 10 days paid Domestic Violence and Family Leave, with discretion to include additional leave depending on an individual’s situation;
- Priority access to flexible working arrangements; and
- $5,000 (after tax) support to employees in recognition of the costs that can be faced in accessing legal advice and emergency accommodation.