DV leave legislated

After a decade of campaigning for 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave by unions, the new Albanese Government has introduced legislation to enshrine the right into the parliament.

Over the past decade, while successive Coalition Governments refused to support this leave, unions campaigned for, and won it in thousands of workplace agreements in all industries across the country. With the leave now enshrined into the National Employment Standards, the Albanese Government will ensure that nearly every worker gets this entitlement, including casual and part-time workers.

Access to this leave will save lives, as it costs $18,000 on average to escape a violent relationship in Australia and economic security is a key factor determining whether a person subjected to family or domestic violence can escape from a dangerous situation.