Family Domestic Violence Leave

The Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill 2022 has introduced a new National Employment Standard (NES): 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave in each 12-months period for all full-time, part-time and casual employees.

This entitlement will replace the current 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave as of 1 February 2023 (for businesses with 15 or more employees) and as of 1 August 2023 (for small businesses with less than 15 employees).

You are not required to issue new employment contract to reflect this change. However, we recommend putting in place a Family Domestic Violence Leave Policy or updating your current Leave Policy to ensure clear expectations and process. 

Author: Anita Dazzi
Anita is an experienced Senior HR Consultant - having relocated from New Zealand and originally from Italy, she brings a varied background and knowledge to the wattsnext team. Anita thrives on providing our clients with practical solutions and making their busy lives a little bit easier.