15.1 This chapter examines the intersections between family violence and Commonwealth employment law and, together with Chapters 16–18, recommends reforms to employment-related legislative, regulatory and administrative frameworks to improve the safety of people experiencing family violence. Prior to making specific recommendations, the ALRC outlines a suggested strategy for phased implementation of reforms in this area.

15.2 The ALRC’s key recommendation in this chapter is that the Australian Government should initiate a coordinated and whole-of-government national education and awareness campaign around family violence and its impact in the employment context. The ALRC also examines issues associated with disclosure of family violence—including verification of family violence and privacy issues—and recommends that the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner and Fair Work Ombudsman should develop or revise guidance materials with respect to privacy obligations arising from disclosure of family violence in an employment context. In addition, the ALRC makes a number of recommendations in relation to research and data collection, focusing on the role of the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Fair Work Australia and other bodies.