The ASU today welcomes the Government’s announcement of an independent telephone support line for current and former Commonwealth ministerial, parliamentary and electorate office staff.

We’ve all seen and heard the horrific news of the past few weeks. This confidential, 24 hour support line was clearly needed years ago.

With the service being run independent from Government, ASU members should have confidence in the service. We urge any ASU member, their family or colleagues working in MoPS, who have experienced assualt, violence or harrassment of a sexual nature or any other serious incident, whether within the Member or Senator’s offices, at work functions, whilst travelling, etc.

1800 APH SPT (1800 274 778)

The ASU is assured that the service is completely confidential, independent and free. It is designed to provide councelling, support and other external referrals where requested by the caller.

Those ASU members that may feel the need to use such a service are reminded that the ASU is here to support you in any work-related matter, including sexual assault. Please feel free to contact us for support in how these matters are dealt with at work and to ensure your right to a safe workplace is maintained.

Additional services are available for anyone contemplating suicide, experiencing emotional distress, or caring for someone in crisis by calling, or even texting, Lifeline. Call any time on 13 11 14 or text from midday to midnight on 0477 13 11 14.

1800RESPECT is also a valuable resource specifically for those who have experienced sexual violence or sexual assualt. They can be contacted by phone on 1800 737 732 or 1800respect.org.au and have many additional resources and links to other services available on their website.

For more information please the ASU on 1300 855 570 or info@asuvictas.com.au

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