Fair Work Commission: Millions of Australians given 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave

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Landmark decision will see millions of Aussies given 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave – as the number of women killed by partners reaches 18 just this year

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Millions of Australians will be able to access 10 days’ paid domestic violence leave under a landmark decision by the Fair Work Commission. 

The decision, handed down on Monday, will see more than 2.6 million workers employed under modern awards able to access the leave on a yearly basis at their base rate of pay.

The historic move is likely to set a precedent for all employed Australians as alarming statistics reveal the prevalence of domestic violence – which has already claimed the lives of 18 women so far this year. 

From the age of 15, around one in four women, compared to one in 13 men, have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner. 

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In writing its decision, the full bench of the commission noted it is a ‘gendered phenomenon’, which has soared in the wake of the Covid pandemic. 

‘Family and domestic violence is a ubiquitous and persistent social problem. While men can, and do, experience FDV, such violence disproportionately affects women,’ the commission wrote. 

‘We have concluded that the merits strongly favour a paid FDV leave entitlement.’

More to come. 

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