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Support services for small business owners

For further advice on family and domestic violence see 1800RESPECT or call 1800 737 732.

For further advice about your workplace rights or information about how to deal with workplace disputes, refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman or call 13 13 94.

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).

Legal aid

General phone / crisis counselling
Organisation Contact Phone Website
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

Workplace training services
Organisation Contact Phone Description Website
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

Victim-Survivor advocates

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.

Victim-Survivor advocates
Organisation Contact Phone Website
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
Engender Equality Tasmania engenderequality.org.au
Full Stop Australia NSW and National fullstop.org.au
Brisbane DV Crisis Centre Brisbane bdvs.org.au
Ruah Community Services Perth ruah.com.au
Embolden Adelaide embolden.org.au
YWCA Canberra ywca-canberra.org.au
Domestic Violence Crisis Service Canberra dvcs.org.au