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Paid Family And Domestic Violence Leave For Small Business

Employees of small business employers (employers with fewer than 15 employees) can now access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period.
Employees of all other employers could access this leave from 1 February 2023.

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.
  • 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.

Learn more at Paid family and domestic violence leave for small business.

From there you can access Fair works updated website information and education resources, including our updated small business employer guide.
Fair work also have Family and domestic violence leave — case studies to help small businesses understand the new entitlement in practice.

Information in your language

You can find more information about the new leave entitlement available in 16 languages. Visit Language help section for professionally translated information in your language.

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 1800RESPECT.org.au. In case of emergency, call 000.