Special employment rights and protections when there’s family violence
Note: The employment protections explained in this section were introduced in April 2019.
Special leave from your job
Flexible work arrangements for short periods
As a victim of family violence you have a special right to ask your employer for short-term flexibility in your work arrangements for when and where you work. Your employer can refuse only if they can’t reasonably accommodate the changes you need. For more information, see the chapter “Employment conditions and protections”.
Protection against unfair treatment by your boss
If you’re treated unfairly by your boss because you’re a victim of family violence, you may be able to take a personal grievance against them (see the chapter “Resolving employment problems”), or complain to the Human Rights Commission (see the chapter “Discrimination”).