We did it.
Today, parliament passed a bill that will enshrine 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave as a workplace right for every worker in Australia.
It is a new workplace right that will literally save lives.
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Call 000 if you, a child, or another person is in immediate danger.
1800RESPECT: Call 1800 737 732 if you or someone you know is impacted by sexual assault, domestic or family violence.
No to Violence Men’s Referral Service: Call 1300 766 491 for anonymous and confidential telephone counselling, information and referrals for men.
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Q Life: Call 1800 184 527 for anonymous and free LGBTQIA+ peer support and referral.
And it is all thanks to the tireless work of hundreds of thousands of union members around this country who stood up and said: Enough words. We need action.
Today’s win comes off the back of a decade of campaigning by the union movement and activists. A decade which has seen us win change, workplace by workplace, agreement by agreement, then in Awards, and now, in the National Employment Standards.
Family and domestic violence is a national crisis. We know the tragic numbers: on average, a woman is killed each week by a partner, ex-partner or family member in Australia.
We know that economic security is the primary factor that determines if someone subjected to family and domestic violence remains in, escapes from, or returns to a dangerous relationship. Workplaces have a key role to play in supporting a worker facing family and domestic violence.
This historic reform will give millions of workers the right to access to 10 days paid leave to escape volatile and dangerous domestic situations.
It has taken years of campaigning to get to this win, but more importantly, it has taken thousands of individuals coming together to share their stories and take part in protests, petitions, meetings and negotiations.
This moment deserves to be celebrated and remembered. Make sure you register for our special documentary film screening of the story of all the incredible women who fought so long to win this right.
When working people are united with a shared vision, nothing can stop us.