From 1 August 2018, unpaid leave for domestic and family violence issues will now form part of Australia’s modern awards and must be implemented by all employers.

The new leave entitlement will be five working days of unpaid leave available as follows:

  • Available to all employees in full (Including casual workers and not pro-rata);
  • Available in full at the commencement of each 12-month period (from the start of employment) rather than accruing pro-rata during the year of service;
  • Will not accumulate from year to year; and

An employee will be entitled to this leave when:

  • They experience family and domestic violence; and
  • They need to take action immediately to deal with the situation such as relocation, attending court or seeking support service assistance, which is not possible to do outside of work hours.

What is family and domestic violence?  This means violent, threatening and other abusive behaviours by an employee’s family member that seeks to coerce or control the employee and/or causes them harm or fear.

Employees must give notice as soon as possible, with an indication of how long they will be away.  Employers can request documentation issued by the police service, court or family welfare support group, or a statutory declaration can be provided to support their leave application.

Employers will now have to ensure that current leave provisions and entitlements are adjusted to accommodate this change.

If you are unsure how to apply this leave, or have questions please contact your advisor at Evolve Online Bookkeeping.   More information can be found at and for confidential information counselling and support for people impacted by domestic violence, visit

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