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Paid family and domestic violence leave

On 1 February 2023 new laws came into effect with the implementation of paid family and domestic violence (FDV) leave into the National Employment Standards (NES).


From 1 February employees of non-small business employers* (including part-time and casual employees) are entitled to 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave in each 12 month period. For employees of small businesses access is from 1 August 2023.



Paid family and domestic violence leave is:

- an upfront entitlement, meaning it does not need to be accrued

- is not accumulative if unused

- is renewed each year (on the employees work anniversary)


Employees can access the family and domestic violence leave if they need to do something to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence, for example:

- making arrangements for their safety, or the safety of a close relative (including relocation)

- attending court hearings

- accessing police services

- attending counselling

- attending appointments with medical, financial or legal professionals


Rate of payment:

- full time and part time employees are paid at their hourly rate for the hours they would have

worked if they were not on leave

- casual employees are paid at their hourly rate for the hours they were rostered on to work

during the period of leave



*A non-small business employer is an employer with more than 15 employees.

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