Historic win - 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence leave granted

15 July 2022

On 16 May 2022, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) handed down a decision advising that its provisional view was that Modern Awards should be amended to include an entitlement to 10 days paid Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) leave.

The decision comes after years of campaigning led by the ACTU and the union movement to enshrine access to paid FDV leave in awards, ensuring all workers can take paid time to deal with and leave violent and abusive relationships. In 2018, in response to ACTU’s first application for paid FDV leave, the FWC took a cautious response and agreed that five days unpaid leave should be included in awards. It also agreed that it was appropriate to review whether the leave should be paid in three years.

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