Did you know that Western Australian public sector employees who experience family and domestic violence are entitled to 10 days paid leave?

As part of the WA Government’s commitment to supporting public sector employees experiencing family and domestic violence, paid leave and workplace support are now available.

Full time, part time and casual employees are entitled to:

  • 10 days non-cumulative paid family and domestic violence leave;
  • reinforced flexible work arrangements and safety plan agreements; and
  • continued access to employer sponsored confidential counselling services.

In Australia, almost one in four women has experienced physical violence perpetrated by an intimate partner.

We all have a part to play in advocating and establishing a safe environment and in making sure that those who are experiencing or have experienced family and domestic violence feel supported.

The Department of Communities has committed to providing effective responses to disclosures of family and domestic violence, as well as to those who have witnessed such forms of abuse.

Responding appropriately to disclosures is not only a requirement for the Department as a public service agency, but also aligns with its work towards becoming a White Ribbon accredited workplace.

The Department has three dedicated family and domestic violence contact officers who are trained to support and refer those who make disclosures.

Staff can also seek support from the Employee Assistance Program, which is a confidential, external counselling service that offers appropriate advice and assistance.

Anyone seeking help is encouraged to reach out; disclosures and requests for assistance will remain confidential.

For more information about family and domestic violence leave entitlements for public sector employees, take a look at the Premier’s Circular.

General information about family and domestic violence, available support services and helplines is available on the Child Protection and Family Support website.