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Paid family and domestic violence leave

What is paid family and domestic violence leave?

The Australian Government has implemented 10 days’ paid family and domestic violence leave to help employees experiencing domestic and family violence.

From 1 August 2023, employees of small businesses (less than 15 employees) can access
10 days paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period.

Employees of larger businesses were entitled to paid family and domestic violence leave from
1 February 2023.

If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic and family violence, you can call 1800RESPECT on 1800 737 732, text 0458 737 732 or visit our website for online chat and video call services:

  • Available 24/7: Call, text or online chat
  • Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm AEST (except national public holidays): Video call (no appointment needed) 

Where to go for further information and support ?

For employees

  • For more information on how you can access paid family and domestic violence leave visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website and speak with your employer.

For employers

  • For more information on paid family and domestic violence leave and your responsibilities, visit the Fair Work Obumdsman website.
  • For more information for small business employers visit Home (
  • For domestic and family violence awareness training and workshop options as an employer, visit the DV-alert website.  
  • For further information for employers on family and domestic violence, listen to the podcast, ‘Small business Big Impact: how to support employees experiencing family and domestic violence’ available wherever you get your podcasts.