For many of us, it is difficult to comprehend that Domestic and Family Violence is a prevalent societal problem in Australia. Sadly though, it is a major issue that does not discriminate based on gender, financial status, education level, cultural identity or age. In response to this issue, one area of support that is now enshrined within our Modern Awards is a provision for leave to support those who need it most.
As at 1 August 2018, all Modern Awards in Australia have been amended to include 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave. All employees covered by an award are entitled to access the leave with the exception of those covered by Enterprise Awards or State reference public sector Awards.
Family and domestic violence means violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by an employee’s family member that seeks to coerce or control the employee and /or causes them harm or fear.
A family member includes:
Please call or email if you would like any support introducing policies, informing your staff of this entitlement of any other assistance you may need navigating this change– we’re always here to help.