White Ribbon Promotional Event

The Institute of Public Administration Australia SA and the Equal Opportunity Commission hosted a key event for all South Australian Government Executives and leaders. The White Ribbon event was an opportunity for employees to demonstrate their commitment to the workplace accreditation program and the White Ribbon Australia campaign.

Prevention of violence in the workplace starts with creating an organisational culture of gender equality, promotion of respectful relationships and increasing awareness of the issue of violence against women and its impacts. This event reinforced the government’s policy position of zero tolerance for violence against women.

We encouraged participants to be proactive and support the White Ribbon Australia campaign by attending the event, purchasing a white ribbon on the day, speaking out against violence, and making visible their commitment to a violence-free workplace.

Details of this event were:


William Magarey Room, (level 3) East and West room map


Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Dr, North Adelaide
Map and Parking Details here


Wednesday, 4 November 2015


9:00am registration, 9:30am – 12:30pm 




Speakers and panellists included:

  • Hon Jay Weatherill MP - Premier
  • Arman Abrahimzadeh - Founder, Zahra Foundation
  • Dr Shannon Murdoch - Director, ‘Mentors in Violence Prevent’, Griffith University
  • Amanda Blair - Co-Chair, Premier’s Council for Women
  • David Brown - Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services
  • Anne Gale - Commissioner for Equal Opportunity
  • Fiona Mort - Director, Office for Women
  • Erma Ranieri - Commissioner for Public Sector Employment
  • Grant Stevens - SA Police Commissioner

Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier

Jay Weatherill is South Australia's 45th Premier.

Jay was born and educated in Adelaide's western suburbs, completing his secondary education at Henley High School.

He is a lawyer with an economics degree, establishing his own business in 1995 and practising Law until he was elected as the Member for Cheltenham in 2002. Jay was subsequently re-elected as Member for Cheltenham in 2006 and in 2010.

He has previously held a range of senior Cabinet portfolios including Education, Early Childhood Development, Environment and Conservation, Aboriginal Affairs and Reconciliation, Minister Assisting the Premier in Cabinet Business and Public Sector Management, Families and Communities, Housing, Ageing, Disability, Urban Development and Planning, Administrative Services, Local Government and Gambling.

Jay and his wife Melissa have two young daughters, Lucinda and Alice.


Arman Abrahimzadeh, Founder, Zahra Foundation

Raised in Iran, Arman migrated to Australia with his immediate family in 1997 at the age of 10. He graduated from Louise Laybourne Smith School of Architecture & Design at UniSA in 2010 and currently runs his own design and construction firm. He is an Australian representative in the martial art of Taekwondo and enjoys giving back to the community through his local Rotary club.

In March 2010, his mother Zahra was murdered by his abusive father at the Adelaide Convention Centre in front of 300 people. In 2013, after the criminal trial and sentencing, he became a White Ribbon Ambassador. He now passionately advocates for better policies, procedures and legislation to protect women and their children.

He is a member of the Adelaide White Ribbon Breakfast Committee and a founding member of The Zahra Foundation Australia, established in honour of his mother. He is also a board member for Educating to End Violence Inc. which is a not for profit organisation educating to promote the prevention or control of behaviour that is harmful or abusive to others.

In the past few years he has been involved in a range of events and forums, which discuss men's behaviour, violence in the home/workplace, and abusive and unhealthy relationships. He is also a regular speaker at SAPOL domestic violence cadet training.


Keynote: Dr. Shannon Spriggs Murdoch

Dr. Shannon Spriggs Murdoch has spent the last eleven years with MVP delivering and developing training across the U.S., in Australia and around the world. She is currently a Research Fellow with the Violence Research and Prevention program at Griffith University in Brisbane, Australia. Since 2010, she has directed the adaptation and delivery of the MVP curriculum, training of trainers, and furthered the introduction of MVP training in Australia. From 2006-2010 she was the Assistant Director for the MVP National program in the U.S. In that role, she was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, as well as training delivery and coordination.

Dr. Spriggs Murdoch has facilitated over 700 training sessions with various groups, including high school and university students and staff, professional athletes, businessmen and women, educators, social service providers and military service members. She also has significant experience developing trainers in the MVP curriculum. She has facilitated dozens of Train-the-Trainer programs, including work as a consultant with the U.S. Military and Australian Army. In 2009, she was part of a team that spent two weeks in Iraq conducting trainings for service members currently in theatre. Shannon received her Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration with a focus on Student Development from Boston College in 2007.


MC: Amanda Blair, Co-Chair, Premier’s Council for Women

Amanda is a Board member of The Independent Gambling Authority, The South Australian Housing Trust and Nature Play SA. She previously sat on the Social Inclusion Board and spent six years on the Board of the Adelaide Festival and was a founding member of the Contemporary Collectors at the Art Gallery of South Australia.

She won a MO Award for Best Live Show in Australia in 2003 and in 2011 she won the St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Award for outstanding contribution to the Media from Archbishop Philip Wilson. She writes for The Australian Women's Weekly, The Advertiser and appears regularly on the Today Show on Channel 9. She's the Ambassador for The Hutt Street Centre, Foundation Shine, The Bedford/Phoenix Group and Time For Kids. Her individual fundraising efforts have raised over 1 million dollars.


Panel Member: David Brown, Chief Executive, Department for Correctional Services, South Australia

Across the public and private sectors, David Brown has extensive corrections experience spanning two decades.

Appointed as Chief Executive in September 2012, David remains dedicated to ensuring that DCS continues to lead the nation in correctional services best-practice.

David first joined DCS as Executive Director, Custodial Services in 2009 with a strong mandate to revitalise the way prisons (and prisoners) are managed in SA. Since then he has overseen a period of significant growth in the correctional system including major infrastructure projects that have strengthened security and emergency management standards, the commissioning of an additional 1000 beds and improved programs, education and industry capacity.

Another area of focus has been building diversity across the department’s workforce, increasing the representation of women in leadership roles and promoting effective succession planning through innovative programs like Tomorrow’s Senior Managers and Journey to Success.

Looking forward the key strategic priorities for the agency include the launch of the Women Offender’s Framework and Action Plan, building new and innovative community sentencing and supervision programs and a continued focus on the professionalism of the service including the implementation of a Wellbeing and Resilience Strategy.

Prior to joining the South Australian Department for Correctional Services (DCS) David worked for G4S, a multi-national security, care and justice company. Based in Canberra he had responsibility for leading the operation of immigration detention services across Australia. David has also worked in Correctional Services in Queensland and Western Australia.

David is passionate about creating an integrated approach to offender management that involves meaningful activity combined with targeted rehabilitation.

David is dedicated to maintaining a safe, secure and humane prison system, while also delivering effective rehabilitation and reintegration initiatives in prisons and in the community to break the cycle of crime and reduce reoffending.


Panel Member: Anne Gale, Commissioner for Equal Opportunity

Anne Gale is South Australia’s Commissioner for Equal Opportunity. She has statutory powers to assess and conciliate complaints of discrimination and to inform the community about their rights and responsibilities under Equal Opportunity laws. Ms Gale’s 5 year appointment began on 17 September 2012.

Ms Gale was previously Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in Consumer and Business Services. Before being appointed Deputy Commissioner for Consumer Affairs in 2009, Ms Gale was Deputy Chief Executive of the Department for Families and Communities, with responsibility for Disability, Ageing and Domiciliary Care.

Ms Gale has also served in a range of other roles in other agencies over nearly two decades, including the Office for Ageing, Department of Premier and Cabinet, Human Services and the South Australian Housing Trust.

During her career Ms Gale has developed strategic plans and policy, and programs and services that promote people’s rights and assist people to live independently and develop self reliance and resilience. Examples include the South Australian Ageing Plan Improving with Age and implementation of the state Homelessness strategy. She has participated in many Commonwealth State negotiations and forums in Consumer Affairs, Ageing, Disability and Housing.

Ms Gale is a member of the South Australian Ministerial Advisory Board on Ageing and has been a member of the National Occupational Licensing Authority Board and a member of a number of community service and sport associations.


Panel Member: Fiona Mort, Director, Office for Women

Fiona has worked in the field of gender equity for over twenty years as a Social Worker, Senior Policy Officer and Manager in the South Australian and Victorian Governments.

Her current role as Director in the South Australian Office for Women involves managing the implementation of the recently released South Australian Women’s Policy Achieving Gender Equality and a range of policy agenda’s including A Right to Safety and the State Aboriginal Women’s Gathering. She also participates in the implementation of the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children with all Australian jurisdictions.

Fiona has also tutored in social work at the University of South Australia and has been involved in a number of community groups including the Women's Legal Service in South Australia of which she was the Chairperson.


Panel Member: Erma Ranieri, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment, Office for the Public Sector

Appointed on 1 July 2014, Commissioner for Public Sector Employment Erma Ranieri works passionately to ensure the public sector is a trusted, respected, courageous and honest organisation.

The Commissioner holds a statutory role under the Public Sector Act 2009. The Act outlines principles and guidelines to improve and uphold public sector performance – it is the Commissioner’s role to bring these to life across government.

Erma is working towards creating a world-leading public sector that serves South Australians well, does what it says it will do, and to which every public servant is proud to belong.

Erma has worked for more than 30 years to help organisations optimise productivity and employee wellbeing. She was named 2014 Telstra Business Woman of the Year and SA Winner of the Telstra Community and Government Award for her role in leading transformational change throughout the public sector.

Erma currently oversees the Office for the Public Sector. The Office is responsible for a number of sector-wide reform programs, including Change@SouthAustralia.

Erma will continue to challenge cultural and structural barriers within the public sector to raise productivity and foster excellence. She is leading a cultural shift and creating a public sector that is more collaborative, innovative, and connected to the community.


Panel Member: Police Commissioner Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens was appointed Police Commissioner on 21 July 2015 after 33 years in policing and 10 years in SAPOL’s executive team.

Notable career highlights have been as a detective in criminal investigations, developing and leading SAPOL’s response to historical sex crimes against children [Paedophile Task Force], specialist sex crimes investigation [Sexual Offences Investigation Branch] and family and domestic violence. Grant has enhanced the policing response to road safety, developing the SAPOL Road Safety Strategy, restructuring resources, and introducing performance benchmarks, Traffic Watch and Driver Drug Testing. His innovative thinking was illustrated in 2010 when Grant created and implemented an organisational wide Service Excellence Framework, focusing on responsive service delivery, neighbourhood policing and demand management.

Grant has also significantly improved South Australia’s fight against organised crime and outlaw motorcycle gangs, developing and taking the leadership role in the first national multi-agency taskforce into OMCGs. As Deputy Commissioner from 2012, and responsible for State wide operational policing and strategic and operational leadership in emergency management, Grant was SAPOL’s representative on the Australia New Zealand Counter Terrorism Committee and Chair of the ANZCTC Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Security Sub-Committee.

As Commissioner of Police, Grant is now a member of a wide range of executive Boards and Committees at State and national government levels, relating to law enforcement, emergency management, public safety, justice, road safety and community.

A keen amateur cyclist, Grant was co-founder and Chairperson of ‘Ride Like Crazy Inc.’ an annual police and public mass participation cycling event, which has raised over $1,000,000 for cancer research, prevention and treatment, as well as promoting cycling road safety.

Grant is an Ambassador and South Australia Committee Chairperson for White Ribbon Australia. He also volunteers for St. Vincent de Paul as a member of their South Australian Business Advisory Panel.

Married with five children, Grant is actively involved in his family’s sporting activities as a parent and organiser. He is also the Chairperson of his children’s school Governing Council.