Working from home isn't safe when home isn't safe

This guide on responding to family & domestic violence in home-based workplaces has been developed by NSW unions, NSW women’s services and Rape and Domestic Violence Services Australia.

Over the last year Australia has experienced bushfires, floods and the COVID-19 pandemic. These natural disasters have changed traditional work patterns and workplaces. Technology has provided an alternative to traditional ways of working for many businesses, workers and organisations. Working from home has become the new workplace for many workers.

The cultural shift to working from home has not reduced the importance of work health and safety (WHS) principles and obligations. Under WHS laws employers have a duty to ensure the health and safety of workers, minimize risks and consult with workers when workers are working from home. The vital role of workplaces in preventing and responding to family and domestic violence is just as important when workers are working from home. Domestic violence remains a workplace issue.