The NSW Government will introduce 10 days of paid domestic and family violence leave per year for NSW public sector employees, including teachers, nurses and police from 1 January 2019.
The NSW Government is ensuring victim-survivors of domestic violence have more resources and extra time to rebuild their lives.
Employees may now use domestic violence leave to seek safe housing; attend related medical and legal appointments or organise alternative care and schooling arrangements for their children and will not have to exhaust all other forms of leave beforehand.
We have many wonderful frontline workers who will now be able to access this paid leave should they ever need it, in addition to a range of support services and accommodation options.
Paid work is critical in providing financial stability to people experiencing domestic and family violence, which is why the NSW Government is introducing this important reform to leave entitlements.
The new leave entitlement is yet another way the NSW Government continues to support victims of domestic violence, with NSW the only state in Australia to record a significant reduction in assault rates from 2008 to 2016.