The very first family violence leave in an enforceable industrial agreement anywhere in the world was negotiated by our union in 2010.

Our aim is to make sure every worker has access to paid family violence leave if they need it.  And we are making real progress for ASU members in Tasmania.

Paid family violence leave, together with other support at work, provides the time needed, without loss of pay, to relocate, seek legal assistance, provide care and support, and seek counselling to deal with the issues that come with family violence.

Our approach to negotiating family violence leave is pretty simple: the time for action on paid family violence leave is now.

By taking this approach, we have made real progress on family violence leave across Tasmania in industries covered by the ASU.

The local government sector shows the success our union has had in including family violence leave into local agreements.

Of Tasmania’s 29 local councils, 23 councils have now agreed to family violence leave with most councils agreeing to 10 days family violence leave.

We are also proud to have successfully negotiated up to 20 days of paid family violence leave into enterprise agreements in other areas of ASU coverage in Tasmania.

This has been in sectors as diverse as the social and community services, electricity, and water industries.

Importantly, the ASU’s model clause for paid family violence leave includes provisions to help keep survivors of family violence safe at work.

The model clause provides for important measures like changed phone and email address, and changes in work location and times, where relevant to the situation and possible to implement.

If you want to be part of the change that is bringing paid family violence leave to workers across Tasmania, contact ASU Tasmanian Coordinator Kath Ryman on

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