The Bill to enshrine 10 days paid family and domestic violence leave as a workplace right has passed in Parliament.
Now, 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave will be included in the National Employment Standards, meaning more than 8 million workers will be able to access to this lifesaving leave.
Together, ASU members started and led the campaign for paid family and domestic violence leave for over a decade. And we WON.
It was ASU members at the Surf Coast Shire that first won the family and domestic violence leave entitlement.
ASU members built paid family violence leave into collective agreements and modern awards and now into the National Employment Standards. This was only possible because union members stood up and demanded change.
Thank you to every single ASU member who took action. From signing a petition, meeting with an MP, to negotiating paid family and domestic violence leave into your workplace agreements. Together, ASU members did this!
Why is legislating 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave so important?
This decision is a win for workers across Australia.
Paid family and domestic violence leave can give a woman – and it nearly always is a woman – the time, support and job security she needs to escape and recover from an abusive relationship.
Enshrining this new workplace right into legislation means nearly every worker in Australia including casual, part time and permanent workers will have the security to leave a dangerous relationship.
Paid family & domestic violence leave will save lives.
This outcome shows that together, we can build safer workplaces, and a better and fairer society for all.
In coming months, we will work with members regarding the implementation of universal family and domestic violence leave, which will come into effect in 2023.