In a recent decision, the Fair Work Commission introduced new family and domestic violence leave entitlements for most Australian employees. This new clause to all industry and occupation awards came into effect on 1 August, 2018.
The statistics of family and domestic violence in Australia are staggering. 1 in 6 women, and 1 in 16 men, have experienced physical or sexual violence by a domestic partner.
Given this, and following further findings from Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence, this response from our government was timely.
Who can apply for family and domestic violence leave?
To be eligible for family and domestic leave entitlements, employees – including casual employees – must be covered by an industry or occupation based award. These awards are listed here.
Eligible employees, impacted by family and domestic violence, may need to take the time for a variety of reasons, including:
- arranging for their safety, or the safety of their family
- attending court hearings
- accessing police services.
What are the family and domestic violence leave entitlements?
All employees covered by an award with this new clause are eligible for 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. You can use Find My Award to see what awards are covered.
Find out more
More information about the new domestic and family violence leave and who it applies to can be found here.
Litmos are releasing courses covering Family Violence Awareness in November. These courses will cover both general awareness around family violence, and also provide training specifically for managers. If you would like any more information about our upcoming family and domestic violence courses, please get in touch with us today.