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Foreign Minister’s challenge to APS: act on domestic violence

All public service departments should develop policies to support staff experiencing domestic violence, Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne has said.

“I’m throwing out a challenge,” the minister said on Tuesday morning, calling for all federal departments to implement a strategy similar to that already in place in the Department of Human Services.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said public service departments need to act on domestic violence.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marise Payne said public service departments need to act on domestic violence.Credit:Alex Ellinghausen

“Family and domestic violence occurs everywhere, everywhere,” she said.

“It occurs in every department in the Commonwealth, in every state department in Australia, it occurs in our posts and missions overseas, it occurs in the ADF, it appears in every cohort.”

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