Help send a strong signal advocating paid Family Domestic Violence leave

You can help in the ACTU's campaign to secure Family Domestic Violence and other workplace support measures to assist those subjected to violence.

ACTU President Ged Kearney said the peak union body is calling on the Fair Work Commission, governments and employers to play their part in responding to the domestic violence crisis.

A rally was held outside the Fair Work Commission in Sydney today, Monday November 14, as the ACTU’s claim for 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave is being heard by the Commission. Trades and labour councils in other states held similar rallies.

If you didn't make today's rally, please sign an online petition available at https://www.megaphone.org.au/petitions/support-family-violence-leave-for-all-workers-1. The ACTU needs to secure as many as signatures as possible by November 25.

On November 25 — International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women — 16 days of activism against gender violence will begin. It is a global campaign that hopes to raise awareness about violence against women and will finish on December 10, International Human Rights Day.

Domestic violence is also on the agenda for the next meeting of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) on December 9.

Teachers and special leave

At present, teachers in schools and TAFE who are experiencing domestic violence are able to use their sick and FACS leave. This is also available to teachers who are responsible for the care of a family member experiencing violence. Where those entitlements are exhausted, teachers can use up to an additional five days of special leave per calendar year. This leave may be used for activities associated with domestic violence, such as medical appointments, attending a court or police station, appointments with Centrelink and so on. In addition, teachers in TAFE may be able to access a variation of working arrangements, including changes to working times, location or contact details.

1800 RESPECT (1900 737 732) is the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence Counselling Line for any Australian who has experienced, or is at risk of, family and domestic violence and/or sexual assault.

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