Family and Domestic Violence Leave Review

Project LeadAssociate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon
Chief Investigator: Dr Naomi Pfitzner and Emma McNicol
Project Manager: Harshita Rupanagudi

Research overview

This project will inform the Fair Work Commission’s review of the family and domestic violence leave entitlements in modern awards. The research will present a qualitative analysis on the experience of employees who have experienced family and domestic violence, focusing on:

  • the impact of domestic violence on employees at work
  • the support provided by the employee’s workplace and any additional support that may have been useful
  • the types of support services and systems that the employee accessed (outside work)

Background to the Review

This project is being undertaken for the Fair Work Commission as part of their Family and Domestic and Violence Leave Review (FDV Review), which commenced with a Statement on 15 April 2021. In the Statement, the Full Bench noted that, the following issues will be considered during the FDV Review:

  1. whether employees should be able to access paid personal/carer’s leave for the purpose of taking family and domestic violence leave
  2. the adequacy of the unpaid paid family and domestic violence leave entitlement, and
  3. whether provisions should be made for paid family and domestic violence leave.

For further information about paid domestic and family violence leave read our Research Brief on Paid Family Violence Leave.

About the survey

Via an anonymous online survey, the research study gathered inputs from a diverse set of participants. The survey closed end of November 2021 and the research team is very grateful to all the participants who took the time to contribute to this research.

Survey questions were related to participants' personal experiences of domestic and family violence and how that impacted their participation in work, what workplace based supports they accessed, including leave entitlements, and whether they accessed outside support services during this time.

It was an anonymous survey, and the research team does not have access to any identifiable data.

Project outcomes  

The findings from this research have been presented to the Fair Work Commission to inform their Family and Domestic and Violence Leave Review. The full report can be downloaded here.

Research team

This project is led by Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon and Dr Naomi Pfitzner with Emma McNicol and Harshita Rupanagudi.

For further details about this research please contact project lead, Associate Professor Kate Fitz-Gibbon via email:

Source of funding

This research is funded by the Fair Work Commission.

All data collected as part of this project will be de-identified. No identifiable information will be provided to the Fair Work Commission or to any employers.