Entitlement to unpaid family and domestic violence leave
All eligible employees are entitled to take unpaid family and domestic violence leave.
This entitlement became part of the National Employment Standards (NES) in 2018.
There hss been recent changes to 5 awards
The Fair Work Commission issued a decision recently in relation to 5 awards that still contained their original unpaid family and domestic violence clause. The awards are:
- Aged Care Award
- Children’s Services Award
- Fast Food Award
- Hair and Beauty Award
- Social and Community Services Award
The Fair Commission has amended these awards to refer to the NES entitlement. The changes apply from the first pay period starting on or after Tuesday 19 April 2022.
What this means for you
Employees covered by these awards continue to have access to unpaid family and domestic violence leave. The entitlement hasn’t changed.
All employees (including part-time and casual employees) are entitled to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.