NSW public sector employees to get 20 days of paid domestic violence leave per year

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The NSW government is doubling family and domestic violence leave provisions for all of the state’s public sector workers. 

From January next year, employees will be able to access 20 days of paid leave per calendar year. 

The provision will also be extended to include casual employees for the first time. 

The current domestic violence leave entitlement is 10 days, and is not available for casual workers. 

Minister for Women’s Safety Natalie Ward said the changes were developed after discussion with unions, employers and policy experts.

“As the largest employer in NSW, it is our government’s responsibility to provide workers with the support and security to take time away from work to take the necessary steps to find safety for themselves and their family,” Ms Ward said. 

“We’ve made this commitment to double the amount of paid family and domestic violence leave … to give our workers greater support at a time when they need it most.

“Everyone has the right to be safe both at home and at work, which is why we’ve made addressing the issue of women’s safety and the prevention of domestic and family violence a priority.”

The changes will come into effect on January 1, 2023. 

Minister for Employee Relations Damien Tudehope said NSW was the first Australian jurisdiction to include specific provisions for this type of leave in enterprise agreements. 

“Once again we will be leading the way with comprehensive leave provisions to support victim-survivors seeking safety and care,” Mr Tudehope said.

It comes on the back of an announcement in June to allow every mother and father in the public sector at least 14 weeks’ paid parental leave, to encourage the sharing of childcare responsibilities.

Mr Tudehope said the changes set a standard for other states and the private sector to follow.

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