Queensland council offer staff domestic violence leave

NORTH Burnett Regional Council has taken the lead to approve a Domestic and Family Violence Leave policy for its staff. 

The Services Union which looks after thousands of Local Government workers across the state, has been advocating for a DAFVL policy to become a National Employment Standard. 

The union has added the policy to all of their members' Certified Agreements.

Assistant Secretary of The Services Union Jennifer Thomas said it is extremely pleasing that North Burnett Regional Council is taking the lead and adopting a DAFVL Policy.

"The proposed DAFVL Policy was raised by our members with Council as part of our current Agreement negotiations with them and members included it in their Log of Claims," Ms Thomas said.

"Council is adopting the ACTU model policy and it will be classed as 10 days special leave and extra days if required with approval.

"Although we are still bargaining with Council, management have agreed to implement this Policy without waiting on the outcome of bargaining because they know it's the right thing to do," she said. 

North Burnett is the first Council in Queensland to do this.

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"They have set a precedent and we now hope that all other Councils will follow their example," Ms Thomas said. 

"It is great to see this Council doing more than just taking a symbolic step and actually adopting real policies which support their workforce," Ms Thomas said.

Council is implementing the policy now, with a commitment to include provisions in the EBA once finalised.