In a decision made by the newly created Energy Queensland Ltd (EQL), the parent company of Ergon Energy and Energex, employees of both companies across the state will be entitled to assist them with the repercussions of the blight which affects thousands of Australian families each year.

At an event held in Brisbane this week, the Hon. Shannon Fentiman, Queensland Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, was joined by Ergon and Energex employees and representatives from the combined industry unions to acknowledge the importance of the Domestic and Family Violence Leave Policy being adopted by EQL.

Official party recognising EQL adopting Domestic Violence Leave policyMichael Dart, Ergon’s External Stakeholder Manager said the policy provides a minimum of ten days of paid domestic and family violence leave when required, and is the result of collaboration between employees, unions and the business.

“The statistics for domestic violence are very sobering. According to national statistics, almost half a million Australian women over the past 12 months have experienced domestic violence and more than a million have experienced physical or sexual assault by their current or former male partner since the age of 15,” Mr. Dart said.

“As an employer across Queensland, we have a unique opportunity to demonstrate our leadership in this area, and make a difference in our communities,” Mr. Dart said.

“At Energy Queensland our businesses have a strong track record on diversity and inclusion. We will continue to build on the work already done to ensure Energy Queensland is a place where every employee is respected, valued and has a voice,” he added.

The Energy Queensland Domestic and Family Violence Leave policy recognises the important role workplaces have in supporting their employees.

Anyone needing support following domestic violence can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

Pictured L-R:

Minister Shannon Fentimen, Member for Brisbane Central Grace Grace, CEO David Smales, TSU Branch Executive Committee member Peter Duffy, Energy Minister Mark Bailey, QCU General Secretary Ros McLennan and TSU Assistant Secretary Jenny Thomas.