Paid family and domestic violence leave

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Published 1 August 2023

Employees of small business employers can now access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period.

Employees of non-small business employers could access the leave from 1 February 2023.

Support services

1800RESPECT is the national domestic, family and sexual violence counselling, information and support service. If you or someone you know is experiencing, or at risk of experiencing, domestic, family or sexual violence, call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732 or visit

In case of emergency, call 000.

What you need to know about the leave

  • 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave is now available to employees of small business employers.
  • Full-time, part-time and casual employees can take 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period (it isn't pro-rated for part-time or casual employees).
  • All 10 days are available upfront - an employee doesn't accrue it.
  • The leave doesn't accumulate from year to year if it's not used.
  • It's a separate paid leave entitlement, like paid annual leave or paid sick and carer's leave.
  • Employers must not include certain information on an employee's pay slip about taking paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • This leave entitlement replaces the previous 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave under the National Employment Standards (NES).

Access our updated information and resources

We’ve updated our website and key resources to support small business employers and employees understand the new entitlement. These include:

Go to our Family and domestic violence leave section now.

New dedicated website for small business

The Department of Employment and Workplace Relations engaged Transitioning Well to develop the website in consultation with small business and family and domestic violence sector representatives.

The website is a one-stop-shop for small businesses to help them understand their obligations in relation to the new leave entitlement.

Podcast: Small Business, Big Impact

Small Business, Big Impact is a new podcast for small businesses about how to support employees experiencing family and domestic violence.

Across 10 short episodes, the podcast will help:

  • guide small business employers on their workplace responsibilities
  • employers recognise the red flags of family and domestic violence.

The podcast is available on:

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