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Family and Domestic Violence Leave Doubled for All NSW Public Sector Workers

From the 1st of January 2023, the NSW Government is set to double family and domestic violence leave provisions for NSW Public Sector workers, with staff able to access 20 days of paid leave per calendar.

The new policy, which was developed alongside unions, Government employees and policy experts, also extends to casual employees and those providing support to a family or household member who is a victim-survivor of domestic violence.

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, that this extended leave would help some of the most vulnerable people within our community, giving them the opportunity to find safety and comfort for their family.

“Extending this leave period from 10 days to 20 days will absolutely set an industry standard. We know that there are a number of public sector employees within the St George area, so we will continue to ensure that they are well supported,” Mr Coure said.

“It has always been a priority of the NSW Government to support individuals and families in distressing and difficult situations. This announcement comes as a part of $100 million of funding announced for Women’s Safety initiatives as part of the most recent budget.”

Minister for Women’s Safety and the Prevention of Domestic and Sexual Violence, Natalie Ward said, the increase of family and domestic violence leave was a key priority of the Perrottet Government.

“As the largest employer in NSW, it is our Government’s responsibility to provide workers with the support and security to take time away from work to take the necessary steps to find safety for themselves and their family,” Minister Ward said.

The improved family and domestic violence leave entitlement builds on the NSW Government’s record $787 million investment from 2021-2023 for a range of for Women’s Safety initiatives, including new parental leave policies.

The NSW Domestic Violence Line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 1800 656 463 to explain services and support available. The 1800RESPECT online chat service is available as an alternative to calling.

Information about other services and support is available on the Department of Communities and Justice website.