Ryde motion sees local government workers access domestic violence leave

Tuesday 25 February 20 20

More than 45,000 local government workers across NSW will have access to up to 10 days paid
domestic leave, after a proposal by the City of Ryde was accepted.

Local Government NSW confirmed that the Local Government Award (State) Award 2017 had been
vari ed to make all fulltime local government employees eligible for paid leave if impacted by family
and/or domestic violence.

The move fulfils a motion put forward by the City of Ryde at the Local Government NSW annual
conference in October 2019.

The City of Ryde has already implemented 10 days of paid domestic leave for its staff members
followi ng a Council resolution in February 2019.

The 10 days paid leave is designed to assist employees dealing with the effects of domestic or family
violence such as movin g house, attending court, looking after children or seeking medical care.

City of Ryde Mayor, Clr Jerome Laxale, said introducing 10 days of paid domestic violence leave
recognised the immense toll domestic violence can have on its victims.

“Domestic vi olence is a scourge on society and while this move will not end it, it will provide the
support victims need during these difficult circumstances,” Clr Laxale said.

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