One of the key recommendations from the Review of the Parliamentary Workplace: Responding to Serious Incidents was face-to-face tailored workplace education for parliamentarians and MOP(S) Act employees that supports them to understand their rights and responsibilities in the workplace, what constitutes unacceptable behaviour and how to respond to serious incidents when they occur.
The Safe and Respectful Workplaces training program has been developed in response to this recommendation. The roll out of the program to all parliamentarians and MOP(S) Act employees began in mid-September. Information on booking sessions for offices has been sent to Office Managers.
The training is delivered through a one hour session for each parliamentarian with their Chief of Staff, and a separate 2 hour session for their office.
All parliamentarians and offices will be given the opportunity to complete the training before the end of the year, unless there are exceptional circumstances. Parliamentarians and offices will be expected to book into training sessions at the times offered in their geographic location wherever possible. Due to the logistics of delivering training across the country, not all locations will be able to access training immediately.
With changing COVID restrictions across Australia limiting the ability for travel, some sessions may be required to be delivered through a virtual video conferencing platform. These live sessions would be conducted by the same experienced facilitators.
Further information is available in Circular 2021/9, or by contacting the MaPS Help Desk.