Victoria backs family and domestic violence leave

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Victoria backs family and domestic violence leave

In Australia’s first royal commission into family and domestic violence it was proposed that Australia’s workplace laws should be overhauled to include family viol­ence leave. Among the recommendations was an amendment of the Fair Work Act to include an entitlement to paid family violence leave for employees and unpaid family violence leave for casual ­employees.

The commission also recommended broadening the definition of family violence in migration regulations to permit access to crisis payments regardless of a person’s visa status. The Andrews Labor Government has supported a push for family and domestic violence leave in all modern awards in a submission to the Fair Work Commission (FWC).

Family and domestic violence leave will keep affected workers engaged with their jobs and able to maintain financial independence. The Labor Government’s submission to the FWC’s four yearly review of modern awards supports the ACTU’s claim to insert family and domestic violence leave in all modern awards.

Two-thirds of Australian women who report violence by a current partner are in paid employment – or one in six female workers. Tackling family and domestic violence at the workplace increases women’s economic independence and their capacity to leave abusive relationships.

Strong leadership, political will, increased resources and a coordinated, whole-of-government response are amongst the key asks of the Western Australian Safe Systems Coalition.

In a recent edition of Parity, focussed on the Recommendations and Responses of the Royal Commission into Family Violence, Angela Hartwig states that the Safe Systems Coalition (SCC) is calling for transformational leadership and political will, similar to what the nation witnessed by the Victorian Government.