Domestic violence leave

You may be entitled to take domestic violence leave when you, or a member of your immediate family, experience domestic violence and need time off to access medical, legal and support services.


  • Full-time eligible employees are entitled to 15 days paid domestic violence leave per calendar year.  If your employment began after 1 January, your domestic violence leave entitlement will be calculated on a pro-rata basis for the current calendar year.
  • Part-time employees will receive domestic violence leave on a pro-rata basis.
  • Casual staff are not eligible for domestic violence leave.

Immediate family

Immediate family is defined as your:

  • spouse or former spouse
  • de facto spouse or former de facto spouse (de facto spouse includes same-sex, transgender, intersex and heterosexual partnerships)
  • child or adult child (including their adopted child, step child, ex-nuptial child or foster child)
  • parent
  • brother
  • sister
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • mother-in-law
  • father-in-law
  • brother-in-law
  • sister-in-law.

The University may consider other kinship and family networks on a case by case basis, including persons for whom you have significant carer responsibilities.

Applying for domestic violence leave

You can book your domestic violence leave through Web Kiosk.

Supporting documentation

If you take more than three consecutive days of domestic violence leave, you may be required to furnish evidence to support your absence. One of the following can be provided:

  • a Police report;
  • a court protection order;
  • documentation from a medical professional, other relevant professional or a support agency; or
  • a statutory declaration.

Unused leave

Domestic violence leave is not cumulative. Any unused balance will not carry across to the following year.

Exceeding your entitlement

If you've exhausted your domestic leave entitlement, the University may provide an extra five days paid leave.  Please contact Human Resources or the Manager, Equity and Diversity.

Further resources

More information

In the event of any discrepancy between this website and the Enterprise Agreement or Leave Manual, the terms of the Agreement or Policy will prevail.