Paid Family and Domestic Violence leave on track to cover all workers

Published: 17/06/2022
Category: Working women
Published: 17/06/2022
Category: Working women

Around 11 million workers in Australia may soon have access to paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave. 

New Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations Tony Burke has committed to enshrining the leave in the National Employment Standards (NES) as a top priority. 

Australian Council of Trade Unions secretary Sally McManus welcomed the announcement.  

“Including paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave in the NES is an historic reform and will help support people – nearly always women and children – escape abusive relationships. It will literally save lives,” McManus said. 

In Australia, one in three women has experienced physical or sexual violence perpetrated by a man they know.  

Just last month, the Fair Work Commission decided paid Family and Domestic Violence leave would be made available to the 2.6 million workers covered by modern Awards.  

The NES are the minimum entitlements for employees in Australia. With the inclusion of paid Family and Domestic Violence leave, another 8.4 million workers could have a safer workplace. 

The paid leave will be a “game changer” for working women who are disproportionately affected by family and domestic violence. At an average cost of $18,000 to flee, paid leave is crucial to give impacted workers the time and resources they need.  

McManus emphasised that this progress certainly did not happen overnight. 

“Unions have campaigned tirelessly for paid domestic and family violence leave for over a decade which will give some economic security to people leaving volatile and dangerous domestic situations and build supportive workplaces,” she said.  

Access to paid family and domestic violence leave saves lives. No worker should ever have to choose between their income and their safety.  

As union members, our actions are never for the advancement of the individual alone. That’s why we act to make changes that benefit everyone.   

Union members are building fairer and safer workplaces for today – and tomorrow. 

You’re never alone when you’re in a union

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