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It comes after the union representing public sector workers negotiated a new deal with the state Government.
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Victorian public servants could soon have access to paid period leave.

It comes after the union representing public sector workers negotiated a new deal with the state Government.

The agreement would give public servants access to an extra five days of leave for menstruation, menopause and other reproductive health issues.

The Victorian public sector includes anyone employed by government bodies like the Department of Education or the state’s parks authority.

Here’s what you need to know.

Victorian public servants’ deal includes period leave

Victoria’s Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) and the state government announced an in-principle agreement on Tuesday — both sides have agreed to a deal, but it hasn’t been finalised.

Part of the deal focuses on ways to improve gender equality outcomes within the public sector. This includes extending leave entitlements to recognise women’s health and reproductive rights, menstruation, and menopause.

Five leave days for reproductive health issues will be added to current sick leave entitlements (10 days).

Other entitlements

Other entitlements secured under the deal (for all public service workers) include:

  • A 3% annual pay rise over the next 4 years.
  • A one-off $5,600 lump sum for all full-time employees as soon as the agreement is approved by the Fair Work Commission.
  • Extended superannuation payments for primary carers on parental leave.
  • Improved processes to support flexible and hybrid work.

What’s next?

Employees will vote to approve the agreement before it can be finalised and implemented.

If approved, the agreement will be submitted to the Fair Work Commission for formal approval.

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