Australian workers win 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence leave!
Published: 14 November 2022
We did it! After a decade of campaigning by workers and the union movement, the Federal Government has legislated 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave for every worker in the country (including casual employees under the Fair Work Act).
Family and domestic violence is a national crisis. Tragically, an average of one woman is killed each week by a partner, ex-partner or family member in Australia.
This historic reform will give millions of workers the right to access 10 days paid leave to escape volatile and dangerous domestic situations.
Thank you to every member who shared your story, attended a protest, signed a petition or participated in meetings and negotiations. Your bravery and determination has made this possible.
Here in Queensland, the State Government also amended the Industrial Relations Act to ensure that the 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave applies to all casual employees (short and long term) in the state jurisdiction.
So no matter where you work or how you are employed, you now have access to this entitlement.
Reasons to take paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave
Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave can now be taken by any employee for the following reasons:
- Recovering from an injury caused by the violence.
- Attending an appointment related to the violence, including an appointment to attend counselling, to obtain legal advice, for medical treatment, or with police officers.
- Preparing for a court appearance related to the violence.
- Attending court for a proceeding related to the violence.
- Finding housing that is necessary because of the violence.
- Organising child care or the education of a child that is necessary because of the violence.
Remember, if you are at risk of domestic or family violence, call 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) for confidential information and support. You can also visit https://1800respect.org.au