The federal government will this week move to extend paid domestic violence leave in one of its first acts in the new parliament.
Legislation will be introduced on Thursday giving more than 11 million workers, including casuals, access to 10 days paid domestic and family leave a year.
If passed, the legislation will come into effect in February next year.
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However, small businesses will be given an extra six months to comply.
“We are prioritising this important legislation to increase paid leave for family and domestic violence and introducing it in the first sitting week,” Social Services Minister Amanda Rishworth said.
“We don’t want to see the next generation of men and women grappling with this scourge of family and domestic violence.”
Employment Minister Tony Burke says it was crucial that casual workers were also entitled to the leave.
“Women who are experiencing family and domestic violence are more likely to be employed in casual work.,” Mr Burke said.
“We cannot leave them behind. That’s why this has to be a universal entitlement.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support.
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
DV Connect Queensland Statewide Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 phone 1800 811 811
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Domestic Violence Prevention Centre Gold Coast