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New workplace laws come into effect on July 1st 2009. This site will be
updated shortly to reflect the new Fair Work laws.
are entitled to four weeks paid annual leave after each 12 months work.
Most employees are additionally entitled to 17.5% annual leave loading.
A casual employee's hourly
rate includes an amount in lieu of paid annual leave.
Persons working under the
Victorian Minimum Wage Orders do not
get the 17.5% leave loading.
Different provisions apply in each state and
territory. Generally, long service leave accrues each year and after an
employee reaches the qualifying period, he or she entitled to take paid
A common standard is 13
weeks leave after 15 years service,
with pro rata availability after ten years service with the one
employer. In NSW it is two months after ten years, with pro rata
entitlement after five years. In SA its 13 weeks after 10 years.
In the building industry,
service with the industry is counted, so employees must be registered
with the relevant Long Service Leave board in their state. Similar
provisions apply to contract cleaning in some states and territories.
Information about the
different provisions in each state and territory can be found at the
New South Wales
Leave includes Sick Leave, Carer's Leave and Bereavement Leave
The amount of Personal
Leave will vary according to how your employment is regulated.
paid under a Federal Award will usually get eight - ten days Personal
Leave per year, to be used if they are sick, bereaved or must care for
someone else in their family/household who is sick.
In Victoria workers paid
under the Minimum Wage Orders get
eight days per year for personal sickness or injury of which five days
can be taken as carer's leave.
accumulates from year to year, usually to a maximum of ten years.
An employee will usually
receive the same amount as would have been paid if he or she had worked
ordinary hours that day.
Casual workers are not
entitled to be paid
Personal Leave as their hourly rate has already been loaded to include
an amount in lieu of this leave.
who are sick or injured and cannot work are entitled to be paid for a
limited period. The employer must be informed as soon as possible
(within 24 hours) if you are sick. In most cases, after using two days
sick leave in any year the employee will be required to show proof of
illness - a medical certificate (in some cases a Statutory Declaration
may be accepted).
Note: Sick Leave is
Workcover or Workers' Compensation - see Workers'
An employee is
entitled to use up to five days personal leave each year as carer’s
leave to provide care and support for members of the employee's
immediate family or household who are sick and require care and support.
In most cases
two days paid leave is available upon the death in Australia of an
employee's immediate family member. This includes parent, child,
grandparent, sibling, spouse and ex-spouse. In addition up to ten days
unpaid leave may be granted. Paid leave is not available for more
distant family members.