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WHS focus areas and activities

Page Last Updated: 24 February 2020 JM

Supporting employees experiencing family and sexual violence

Support and assistance is available to employees experiencing family violence in line with the provisions of Employment Direction 28: Family Violence – Workplace Arrangements and Requirements (ED28).

In 2019, the TSS provided a submission to the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to help inform the National Inquiry into Sexual Harassment in Australian Workplaces.The submission outlined current initiatives at a whole-of-service level, and by agencies that promote positive and respectful behaviour, and policies in place to support employees who experience sexual harassment in the workplace.

If you or someone you know is impacted by family violence, call the Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line on 1800 633 937. If you or someone you know is impacted by sexual violence call 1800MYSUPPORT on 1800 697 877. Visit In an emergency, always call 000.

Supporting employee mental health and wellbeing

Agencies provide Employee Assistance Programs to their staff. Short term counselling is available to staff and their immediate families to support health and wellbeing. Agencies also arrange critical incident debriefing and support, mediation and conflict resolution and peer support programs for staff. Many Agencies also support programs for mental health first aid and awareness.

Historical use and exposure to herbicides

In 2019, the TSS responded to concerns around historical exposure to Tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD, also known as Dioxin), a contaminant used in herbicide 2,4,5-T. Concerns were raised by employees of the Hydro Electric Commission (HEC), and the Tasmanian Government over exposure to high levels of TCDD during their employment in the 1970s and 1980s. The TSS worked with WorkSafe Tasmania and, through its website and Helpline, provides information, support and guidance to concerned current and former employees.

Closed programs:

  • Ritualize Health Promotion App closed 2020
  • White Ribbon Workplaces closed 2019
  • Healthy@Work closed circa 2012

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