Domestic and Family Violence Leave Model Policy


Q Shelter has developed a model Domestic and Family Violence Leave Policy (DFV) for housing and homelessness organisations.

There are two versions of the policy offered for consideration:

  1. Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave Model Policy – full version
  2. Workplace Domestic and Family Violence Leave Policy – simple version

The policies include two alternative leave provisions, mindful of the recent advice from the Department of Housing that whilst the requirement is to comply with all laws in relation to employment, “The Queensland State Government offers most of its employees 10 days of domestic and family violence leave per annum on full pay. We encourage you to provide domestic and family violence leave to show leadership in supporting employees experiencing domestic and family violence.”

The minimum requirement – which from August 2018 is included in Modern Awards – is for 5 days of unpaid leave (for all employees ie casual, full time or part time) for those affected by DFV.

The alternative requirement is aligned with the Queensland Industrial Relations Act 2016 (applying to government employees) – this is an entitlement to 10 days paid leave for employees, and varying entitlements to unpaid leave for casual employees.

The policies also include the right for those experiencing DFV to request flexible working arrangements.  This is in line with the Fair Work Act 2009.

We are aware that some organisations have broader ‘special leave’ or ‘special circumstances leave’ policies that cover a number of circumstances, not only domestic and family violence. In this case, the model policies may provide a resource to ensure that DFV is covered appropriately in these existing policies.

We acknowledge the specialist input of BloomingHR into these model policy resources.

You can also click here to visit the Fair Work Commission’s website to find out more about this leave.

Further information

For more information on the development, interpretation or application of this policy or any of its components please contact Natalie Carrington from BloomingHR on 02 9220 5251 or email

Blooming HR is able to offer a discounted HR consulting rate for the provision of NR/IR advice when applying the model policy. It also has successfully led community housing organisations through their White Ribbon Workplace Accreditation, and has developed an eLearning module to support workplace knowledge and responses to employees affected by DFV.