Domestic violence leave

As part of the Commission’s four-year review of modern awards, the Fair Work Commission ruled on 26 March that all Australian employees covered by modern awards will be entitled to five days of unpaid leave if they are affected by family or domestic violence.

While the union movement had called for 10 days of paid domestic violence leave for all workers, the Commission decided that the most appropriate course of action to address the impact of family violence in the workplace is to allow all workers covered by modern agreements, including casuals, to access five days of unpaid leave if they “need to do something to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence and it is impractical for them to do this outside of their ordinary hours of work”.  They decided to defer consideration of whether employees should be able to access paid personal/carer’s leave for the purpose of taking family and domestic violence leave.

Read the full decision at here.