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Leave

Over the period of their employment, individuals will have different needs requiring them to take leave from the organisation.  This section covers the various leave types available to employees, the legal requirements relating to leave and how applications for leave should be handled. 

The Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) provides for various minimum entitlements for employees to take paid and unpaid leave of absence, these entitlements include:

  • 20 days' paid annual leave per annum (permanents only)
  • 10 days' paid personal/carer's leave per annum (permanents only, although casuals may take up to 2 days' unpaid carer's leave per annum)
  • community services leave
  • at least 10 public holidays each year
  • 2 days' compassionate leave for each occasion
  • 12 months' unpaid parental leave.

In addition, State and Territory legislation provides for an entitlement to paid long service leave after 10 years' continuous service (2 months or 3 months in South Australia and Northern Territory).

Enterprise agreements and employment contracts may provide for additional entitlements to leave of absence (paid or unpaid) Other types of leave may be provided in employment contracts or enterprise agreements including study leave, domestic violence leave and trade union training leave.

For more information on leave, please see our:

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Annual Leave
  • Parental Leave
  • Personal and carer's leave

Information Sheets

Community service leave

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Defence Services leave

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Flexible working arrangements

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Keeping in touch while on parental leave

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Paid parental leave

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Parental leave

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Requiring an employee to commence parental leave early

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Returning from parental leave

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Transfer to a safe job

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Unpaid special maternity leave

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Checklists

Considering and responding to flexible work requests

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Parental leave timeline

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Pre-Parental leave departure

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Responding to requests for extended parental leave

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Guidelines

Flexible work requests under the National Employment Standards

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Legal considerations when returning parents to work

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Long Service Leave entitlements across Australia

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Pregnancy at work

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Policies and procedures

Leave Policy

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Templates

Letter approving parental leave application

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Parental leave communication plan

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