Family and domestic violence leave

Recently family and domestic violence leave for all employees covered by the FWO Act changed from unpaid to paid leave. This applies to most employers of carers and domestic staff, except those residing in Western Australia.

Full-time, part-time and casual employees will be able to access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period. It won’t be pro-rated for part-time or casual employees.

The full 10-day leave entitlement will be available upfront. It won’t accumulate from year to year if it’s not used.

The leave will be available from:

  • 1 February 2023, for employees of non-small business employers (employers with 15 or more employees on 1 February 2023)
  • 1 August 2023, for employees of small business employers (employers with less than 15 employees on 1 February 2023).

The new leave provisions will be independently reviewed after 12 months to consider the impacts on small businesses, sole traders and people experiencing family and domestic violence.

Employees will continue to be entitled to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave until they can access the new paid entitlement.

Get help with leave obligations

Making sure you have met your leave calculations and requirements is one of the more annoying and time consuming part of employing a carer. Carers Central can help.

We are here to help, assisting with the required payments and keeping track of all your nanny’s time off. Get in touch with us now and find out how paying the nanny can become an easy process, including managing the leave.

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