New entitlement – family and domestic violence leave

As of 1 August 2018 certain awards now provide for an entitlement to 5 days of unpaid leave each year to deal with their circumstances related to being victims of domestic and family violence situations. The leave applies to employees subject to abusive or threatening behaviour by members of their family to enable them to handle their circumstances, such as making arrangements for their safety or that of a family member, accessing services to support them and attending court hearings or accessing other protective services.

This leave entitlement is available to all employees whether they are casual or permanent and dealing with their own domestic violence situation or that of a family member.

Understandably, victims of domestic violence and their families are very stressed and consideration of their mental health and wellbeing needs to be considered. There are support services available that you can refer anyone you know facing these challenges; 
White Ribbon Australia
 has a list of counselling and support services.