1 August 2018

From 1 August 2018, modern awards will be varied to give employees access to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.


The clause detailing the entitlement to Family and Domestic Violence leave defines family and domestic violence as “violent, threatening or other abusive behaviour by a family member of an employee that seeks to coerce or control the employee and that causes them harm or to be fearful”.

 Family members are defined as:

The definition includes a former spouse or a former de facto partner.


This entitlement applies to all employees (including casuals) who are covered by an industry or occupation based award.


Employees are entitled to 5 days’ unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence.  The leave is available:

An employee can take less than a whole day’s leave by agreement with the employer.

The employer and employee may agree that the employee may take more than 5 days’unpaid leave to deal with family and domestic violence.

Purpose of Leave

The leave can be taken by employees to deal with the impact of family and domestic violence. This includes (but isn’t limited to) taking time to:

Notice requirements

The notice requirements are similar to personal leave requests

What employers should do

More Information

You can find more information about domestic and family violence leave and who it applies to at