WorkWell Respect Network

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There is no place for gendered violence in our workplaces or society.

NAWO is an Industry Partner of the WorkWell Respect Network - a Victorian learning program addressing workplace gendered violence through a series of member only forums and workshops led by experts in this field. This is your chance to apply to take part in our highly anticipated program of events running from June 2024. Places are limited.

Opening Event: May 13, 2024
Forum 1: June 6, 2024
Forum 2: August 8, 2024
Forum 3 (cross industry event): September 5, 2024
Forum 4: October 18, 2024
Closing event: early 2025

  • NAWO Programs and Partners
  • complimentary for NAWO members, subject to successful application

We’re committed to supporting our members in developing and implementing gendered violence prevention, reporting and response mechanisms in their worksites and offices, and are pleased to deliver this program.



The WorkWell Respect Network (WWRN) helps workplaces build a safer environment for all employees. Considering the needs of workers with intersectional identities, the WWRN supports Victorian workplaces in their ability to prevent and respond to gendered violence.

The WWRN is made up of four Industry Partners. Supported by the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre at Victorian University, the WWRN Industry Partners host sub-network forums that represent their specific industries, as well as working together to create cross industry forums.

The program is supported by WorkSafe Victoria’s WorkWell team.



This program is delivered in 2024-2025 via four interactive forums. Leaders in their field will present on the critical knowledge and considerations around workplace gendered violence, and cover the practical issues on how to report, respond to and support those impacted by workplace violence. You’ll complete the program with the knowledge you need to implement policies and frameworks to prevent gendered violence in your workplace, and appropriately respond to it if it does occur.

The sessions will consist of presentations and workshops and will include:

  • collaboratively completing a workbook,
  • elements of scenario work, and,
  • role play.

The workbooks and additional resources will be available to participants and can be downloaded from the program portal.

Apply to join the program

  • Official Program Launch – introduction and welcome to the WorkWell Respect Network.
  • Forum 1: Introducing the integrated framework for prevention of workplace gendered violence
  • Forum 2: Report and support – how to create effective reporting frameworks and empower your team members with knowledge and resources.
  • Interim Forum: a collaboration with Professional Migrant Women.
  • Forum 3: Responding – navigating disclosures of gendered violence appropriately and ensuring those impacted are protected from backlash or recourse.
  • Forum 4: Recovery – support individuals re-engage team members after incidents of workplace gendered violence
  • Closing celebration
Please note that dates are subject to change; further details, including exact times and venues, will be sent to all successful applicants before the commencement of the program.
  • Team & front line leaders
  • Learning and development managers
  • Safety leaders
  • Human Resources team members

Participation in the WWRN is by application. If you’re accepted into the Network the expectation is that you attend all Forums. Forums will be approximately two hours long and either in person in Melbourne’s CBD, or online. Our Forums will run in the mornings, either on Thursday or Fridays.


As a Network member and at the conclusion of the program you will:

  • have improved awareness and understanding of what work-related gendered violence is, who it affects and why it is an occupational health and safety issue
  • be able to support your workplace with improved knowledge and understanding of its responsibilities under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, to ensure work-related gendered violence is prevented and responded to
  • influence your workplace leaders on how to address the cultural and systemic drivers of work-related gendered violence in their workplace or industry
  • support industry wide conversation to encourage innovative, best-practice strategies to better prevent and respond to work-related gendered violence

On completion of the program you will receive a certificate that you can share on LinkedIn and with your professional network. You will also have the completed workbooks that will form the basis of your organisation’s prevention, reporting, and responding policies.

Apply to join the program