The scheme will commence from February 2023 for most employees, although small businesses will have an extra six months to adjust to the change.
The leave balance is expected to be fully operational in all workplaces by August next year.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attends the domestic violence vigil. Credit: Supplied.
Employment Minister Tony Burke – who introduced the legislation – said the delay would allow businesses a chance to understand their obligations and have appropriate mechanisms and payroll practices in place to manage the requirement sensitively.
“As a nation we can and must do better … workplaces have a key role to play as a source of critical support for people experiencing family and domestic violence.”
“We need to change the situation that puts mainly women at risk and make sure that this is something that everybody understands is unacceptable.”
Minister for Employment Tony Burke introduces the Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Bill in the House of Representatives at Parliament House in Canberra. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS
Jennifer Westacott, chief executive of the Business Council of Australia said the group also backed the plan to introduce the domestic violence leave provisions.
“There are some transition issues … particularly for small business but this is really important to give victims of domestic violence a chance to get their lives together.”