Since 1999 Australia’s CEO Challenge has been working towards a vision of a world without domestic violence.
As an organization we were inspired by the work of Dr. Jim Hardeman: the principal designer of Polaroid’s workplace violence prevention policies and processes in the USA. Dr. Hardeman’s work made Polaroid Corporation internationally recognised for its innovative workplace practices.
Based on this model, Brisbane Lord Mayor Councillor Jim Soorley took the advice of his Women’s Advisory Council to establish an organisation to take action on domestic violence through the workplace. Led by Dianne Jeans and Lynette Palmen AM from Women’s Network Australia, supported by several Brisbane based corporations, Australia’s CEO Challenge was formed.
Australia’s CEO Challenge was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and started operations in its own right from November 2002.
Today Australia’s CEO Challenge has grown into a passionate and influential organisation experienced in delivering workplace training programs to address domestic violence. Recognising that two thirds of women living with domestic violence are employed, our workplace Domestic Violence Prevention Program ensures employees are trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of domestic violence in the workplace, and how to respond and support those affected.
As well as programs Australia's CEO Challenge also creates partnerships between businesses and local domestic violence services so women and children escaping violent homes get quality support. Staff experience the power of contributing to the wellbeing of people in need as their understanding of the issue increases.
Everyone at Australia’s CEO Challenge’s is inspired by the long term potential of using workplaces as forums for social change. The combination of partnerships and workplace awareness not only transforms lives, it saves lives.