Ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your employees has numerous individual and commercial benefits, such as improved mood, improved productivity, and reduced absenteeism in your workplace.
This extends to employees experiencing family and domestic violence. When an employee is experiencing family and domestic violence, they may be exposed to potential physical and emotional injuries, financial stress, coercive control, homelessness, isolation, and mental health vulnerability.
Understanding the entitlements for employees experiencing family and domestic violence will help you best support your staff and ensure workplace safety and legal obligations are adhered to.
What are my employee's entitlements?
Under the Fair Work Act, employees working in a small business dealing with the impact of family and domestic violence can:
- take up to 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave per year
- request flexible working arrangements
- take paid or unpaid personal/carer's leave,or other forms of leave,in certain circumstances.
What if I need more guidance?
Providing access to FDV Leave Entitlements is relatively simple, as outlined in our guide, Leave and payment processes.
However, if you would like to obtain more information about your legal requirements and obligations, the Fair Work Ombudsman Small Business Guide to Family & Domestic Violence provides more details.
If you are still unsure, consider reaching out to your local legal aid service (see details below).
|ACT Legal Aid||1300 654 314||legalaidact.org.au|
|NSW Legal Aid||Various offices||legalaid.nsw.gov.au|
|NT Legal Aid||1800 019 343||legalaid.nt.gov.au|
|QLD Legal Aid||1300 651 188||legalaid.qld.gov.au|
|SA Legal Services Commission||1300 366 424||lsc.sa.gov.au|
|Legal Aid Tasmania||1300 366 611||legalaid.tas.gov.au|
|VIC Legal Aid||1300 792 387||legalaid.vic.gov.au|
|WA Legal Aid||1300 650 579||legalaid.wa.gov.au|
Workplace training services
|DV Alert||N/A||Training services to assist frontline workers recognise and assist family and domestic violence victims.||dvalert.org.au|
|Institute of non-violence||0450 713 624||Provides workplace training on a range of family violence issues.||ionv.com.au|
Along with professional family and domestic violence awareness training programs such as DV Alert, connecting your workplace with victim-survivor advocates can be a practical and powerful method of enhancing family and domestic violence awareness, and providing the necessary skills to your employees. See table below for family and domestic violence victim-survivor advocates.
|Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre||Victoria||safesteps.org.au|
|Safe + Equal||Victoria||safeandequal.org.au|
|Victim Survivor Advisory Council||Victoria||vic.gov.au/victim-survivors-advisory- council|
|Full Stop Australia||NSW and National||fullstop.org.au|
|Brisbane DV Crisis Centre||Brisbane||bdvs.org.au|
|Ruah Community Services||Perth||ruah.com.au|
|Domestic Violence Crisis Service||Canberra||dvcs.org.au|