Personal or carer’s leave, compassionate leave and family and domestic violence leave form part of the National Employment Standards (NES) that apply to virtually all employees.
The NES establishes the minimum entitlements for permanent employees to receive:
Paid personal/carer’s leave: 10 days each year for full-time employees, pro rata of 10 days each year depending on their hours of work for part-time employees.
Unpaid carer’s leave: two days of unpaid carer’s leave for each occasion when a member of the employee’s immediate family or household requires care or support because of a personal illness, injury, or an unexpected emergency.
Paid or unpaid compassionate leave: two days of compassionate leave to spend time with a member of their immediate family or household who has sustained a life-threatening illness or injury. Compassionate leave may also be taken after the death of a member of the employee’s immediate family or household. An employee does not accumulate compassionate leave and it does not come out of their personal/carer’s leave.
Unpaid family and domestic violence leave: five days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave each year. Employees are entitled to the full five days from commencement of employment.
Casual employees are eligible for unpaid carer’s leave, unpaid family and domestic violence leave and unpaid compassionate leave.
If you would like clarification on personal leave in regards to your employees, do not hesitate to contact the Workplace Relations Team by clicking here.