Queensland businesses are being urged to offer extra leave for workers suffering from domestic violence.
It comes after Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk announced at a White Ribbon Day event in Brisbane on Wednesday that public servants suffering abuse could access 10 days extra leave a year.
She has urged the private sector to follow suit, indicating there were already signs that it would. “This is about government driving cultural change and together we can make a difference,” Ms Palaszczuk said.
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Several major businesses, including Telstra, the National Australia Bank and McDonald’s, already offer additional leave for victims.
Research by Deloitte Access Economics, launched on Wednesday, shows that by 2021/22 domestic abuse could cost the Australian economy $15.6 billion each year.
Report author Natasha Doherty said she was hopeful all businesses would offer extra leave to victims in the next few years and employers would implement other policies to help the wider community tackle the issue.
*National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency call triple-zero.