Our History

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Since 1999, Australia's CEO Challenge has been working towards a vision of a world without domestic and family violence.

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As an organisation 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 and family violence (DFV) through the workplace. Originally led by Dianne Jeans and Lynette Palmen AM from Women’s Network Australia, supported by several Brisbane based corporations, Australia’s CEO Challenge (ACEOC) was formed.

ACEOC was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee and started operations in its own right from November 2002.

Today ACEOC has grown into a passionate and influential organisation experienced in delivering workplace training programs to address DFV Australia wide and as of 2019, internationally. Statistics show that many affected by, or living with DFV are employed in our workplaces. Our workplace DFV Prevention Program ensures employees are trained to recognise the signs and symptoms of DFV and how to respond and support those affected.

ACEOC also works with the Australian business sector to support frontline DFV services through its well-established partnerships program. These partnerships assist DFV refuges, outreach services and men’s behaviour change programs through fundraising, donations and volunteer opportunities. ACEOC draw on their expertise and relationships to facilitate safe, meaningful and rewarding partnerships to all involved.

Everyone at ACEOC 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.