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Update to Family and Domestic Violence Leave Clause in Five Awards

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Update to Family and Domestic Violence Leave Clause in Five Awards

Update to Family and Domestic Violence Leave Clause in Five Awards

14 April 2022

On 11 April 2022, the Fair Work Commission (the Commission) issued a decision confirming their provisional view of 9 March 2022 to update the model clause on family and domestic violence leave in five awards (the Awards) to reference the entitlement provided for in the NES. This update will match the wording used in other modern awards. This is part of the Commission’s four yearly review of modern awards.




Which awards are to be updated?


What are the changes to these awards?

The clause entitled ‘Leave to deal with Family and Domestic Violence’ will be replaced with the following clause:


Unpaid family and domestic violence leave

Unpaid family and domestic violence leave is provided for in the NES.

NOTE 1: Information concerning an employee’s experience of family and domestic violence is sensitive and if mishandled can have adverse consequences for the employee. Employers should consult with such employees regarding the handling of this information.

NOTE 2: Depending upon the circumstances, evidence that would satisfy a reasonable person of the employee’s need to take family and domestic violence leave may include a document issued by the police service, a court or family violence support service, or a statutory declaration.


When will the changes come into effect?

The changes come into operation from the first full pay period on or after 19 April 2022.

To view the decision click here.
To view the determinations click here.


Further information

To view these varied Awards from the operative date above, click here.

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