Victoria and Queensland push for new laws on family violence leave
Victorian and Queensland governments would like to see all jurisdictions agree on uniform measures to support women and children living with family and domestic violence. This includes introducing family violence leave as a workplace entitlement, as well as a new Medicare item for family violence counselling. The measures are drawn from the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence recommendations, which include introducing family violence leave into the national employment standards; restoring funding to Legal Aid; overhauling elements of the family law system; supporting people with disabilities who are at high risk of family violence; and introducing the Medicare counselling item
In Western Australia, the Safe Systems Campaign is calling for the next State Government to be a leader in ensuring adequate leave provisions and entitlements for victims of family and domestic violence in the public sector.