RMIT University Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014

37. Domestic violence


RMIT recognises that employees sometimes face situations of violence or abuse in their personal life that may affect their attendance or performance at work and is committed to providing support to staff that experience family violence. Within the life of the agreement, RMIT will develop guidelines which detail appropriate action to be taken in the event that an employee reports family violence.


If an employee has requested assistance, and subject to that employee providing proof, RMIT will refer the employee to the Employee Assistance Program and consider any request made by the employee for:

a) paid or unpaid leave

b) changes to the employee span of hours or pattern of hours and/or shift patterns

c) job redesign or changes to duties

d) relocation to suitable employment within RMIT

e) a change of telephone number or email address as appropriate

f) any other appropriate measure including those available under existing family friendly and flexible work arrangements.


Proof of a family violence situation is required and can be in the form of an agreed document issued by the Police, a Court, a doctor, a District Nurse, a Maternal and Health Care Nurse, a Family Violence Support Service or lawyer. This information will be treated similarly to sensitive medical information and confidentiality maintained accordingly.

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