After a successful decade-long campaign, run by the union movement, workers in small businesses now have the right to take up to 10 days of paid leave if they are dealing with family and domestic violence (FDV) with the Federal Government's FDV-leave package taking full effect this week.
It applies to about seven million Australian employees who work in medium or large businesses and are protected by the National Employment Standards.
Employers in smaller businesses were given an extra six months to adapt to the change.
The paid leave ensures that those affected by FDV can take time off from work without losing their income or jobs, prioritising their safety and well-being.
The Federal Employment and Workplace Relations Minister has emphasized this workplace benefit will help save lives.