Nurses, teachers and other Victorian public sector employees will be entitled to family violence leave under changes announced by the Andrews Labor Government today.
Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson and Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins today met with Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner Kate Jenkins to announce the new provisions.
A best practice model clause for family violence leave will be developed for inclusion in all Victorian public sector enterprise agreements.
Financial independence through employment helps victims and survivors leave violent relationships, while also providing a support network, a sense of belonging and access to additional practical supports like counselling.
The new clause will extend these benefits to a significant number of people who may be experiencing family violence, with the Victorian Government the state’s largest employer.
The Andrews Labor Government has led the nation in addressing family violence, establishing Australia’s first Royal Commission into Family Violence.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Women and the Prevention of Family Violence Fiona Richardson
“Family violence leave sends a clear message to victims that they’re supported in their workplace and do not have to suffer in silence.”
“Victims need to attend things like medical appointments and legal proceedings. This will give them the support, financial independence and wellbeing that they need during what are extremely difficult and stressful times.”
Quotes attributable to Minister for Industrial Relations Natalie Hutchins
“As well as supporting victims, family violence leave provisions also help employers in retaining qualified and valuable staff through difficult circumstances.”
“The first negotiations will take place in September 2015 with the Victorian Public Service, and a family violence provision for all public sector workers will roll out from there.”