DFV Resources for Employees and Employers

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DFV Work Aware has developed resources that can assist your workplace, including information for employees who may be experiencing DFV or using DFV, and a safety planning tool.

DFV Workplace Rights, Entitlements and Obligations

Employees have the right to request leave and flexible work arrangements in relation to DFV. DFV Work Aware has created a quick guide here for workers and employers.

Additionally, the Fair Work Ombudsman provides an Employer Guide to Family and Domestic Violence with comprehensive information about leave and flexible work arrangements.

DFV Resources

Under the National Employment Standards, all employees (including part-time and casual employees) are entitled to 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year.

You can find more information about this here. DFV leave provisions may be found in other documents such as modern awards and enterprise agreements.

Under the Fair Work Act 2009, employees (other than a casual employee) who have worked with the same employer for at least 12 months can request flexible working arrangements if they are:

  • Experiencing domestic violence; or
  • Providing care or support to a member of their household or immediate family who requires care and support because of domestic and family violence.

Flexible work arrangements might include changes to hours of work, patterns of work or locations of work. The Fair Work Ombudsman provides a template letter to request a flexible work arrangement here.

Employers can find a template response to a request for flexible working arrangements here.

A modern award sets out the minimum terms and conditions, like pay and hours of work, for your industry or occupation.

These are standards in addition to the National Employment Standards.

Many Modern Awards include DFV leave clauses. To find out if your industry or occupation award includes DFV clauses, click here.

An Enterprise Agreement is an agreement between workers, their representatives, and their employer. It includes terms such as a dispute settlement procedure and information about how the employer will consult with workers.

Enterprise bargaining – the process of negotiating the agreement – is an opportunity to include leading preventative and responsive DFV terms in your Enterprise Agreement. Many workplaces have used this opportunity to include terms to help workers affected by DFV, like paid DFV leave.

The Services Union and the Australian Council of Trade Unions provide model DFV clauses for inclusion in Enterprise Agreements.

DFV is a workplace issue. This makes it a workplace risk, and employers have a responsibility under your state or territory’s work health and safety legislation to manage risks in the workplace – including DFV.

When taking a risk management approach, employers also have a responsibility not to discriminate or take adverse action against the person experiencing violence.

Safe Work Australia provides a step-by-step guide to managing risks in Australian workplaces as well as information about preventing workplace sexual harassment, violence and aggression.

Click on your state or territory to read more about how to manage DFV risks in your workplace.

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DFV Policy You Can Use

Policies provide the opportunity for workplaces to put National Employment Standards, modern awards, and enterprise agreements into action in your workplace.

When your workplace has a meaningful DFV policy in place that is communicated and accessible to all workers, workers will feel safer to reach out for help at work. And, colleagues and employers will feel more confident to respond appropriately.

More Resources

When you attend our training you will receive resources to take back with you to the workplace.

DFV Resources: When DFV Comes to Work

When DFV Comes to Work

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