Members win paid domestic violence leave
Members in Queensland Anglican schools and Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School have won access to paid domestic violence leave, a significant entitlement which empowers victims to free themselves from the violence.
These schools now join many others in our sector – including Queensland Catholic schools, Brisbane Grammar School and some community kindergartens – by providing access to paid leave and meeting an important community standard.
It is paid leave that allows those experiencing domestic violence, the vast majority of which are women, with the ability to meet expenses such as those associated with moving and accessing legal and medical support.
IEUA-QNT Branch Secretary Terry Burke commended Queensland Anglican school and Brisbane Girls’ Grammar School employers for joining the growing list of employers offering paid leave in recognition of the need to eliminate this social problem and its terrible impact on families.
“Access to domestic violence leave helps promote our schools as safe workplaces where employees can receive support and assistance if they are suffering from family violence.
“Often the workplace is the only place where employees affected by domestic violence spend significant time away from the perpetrator.
“This provision will enable employees to continue to earn their own money to provide financially for their families, hold a secure job and ultimately plot a path free from domestic violence.”
IEUA-QNT members have led the way in championing paid domestic violence leave, while many others lag behind.
Last year, the Fair Work Commission made the disappointing decision to include unpaid domestic violence leave in the universal National Employment Standards (NES), rather than the paid leave which provides crucial financial support.
Domestic violence is the leading contributor to death, disability and illness of women under 45 in Australia.
Mr Burke said the onus is now on all employers to follow the lead of so many schools in our sector that now provide this crucial leave.
“Paid domestic violence leave must become a community standard condition for all workers.”
“IEUA-QNT members can be justifiably proud of the immense contribution they have made to ensuring this leave is available to the majority of employees in our sector.”