Personal/carer’s leave

Personal/carer’s leave is a form of paid leave, available to full-time and part-time employees. An employee can use their entitlement to personal/carer’s leave:

  • due to personal illness or injury when they are unfit to work
  • to care for a member of their immediate family or a household member who is sick, injured or has an unexpected emergency.

All employees, including casual employees, are also able to access unpaid carer’s leave. They are entitled to two days of unpaid carer’s leave on each occasion they access this type of leave.

How much personal/carer’s leave are employees entitled to?

Full-time and part-time employees are entitled to a minimum of 10 days paid personal/carer’s leave per year of service; however, an employee’s industrial instrument may provide more generous entitlements.

Personal/carer’s leave accrues in the same way as annual leave; under the NES it begins to accrue from the first day you start work and any unused leave carries over to the following year. Some instruments may separately provide for personal/carer’s leave to accrue in advance.

When an employee takes paid personal/carer’s leave they are paid at their base rate of pay without loadings.

Compassionate leave

Compassionate leave is a form of paid leave available to full-time and part-time employees.

An employee can take compassionate leave to spend time with a member of their household or an immediate family member when:

  • a member of their immediate family or household’s injuries or illness are life threatening
  • an immediate family or household member dies.

Casual employees are entitled under the NES to two days of unpaid compassionate leave per occasion.

How much compassionate leave are employees entitled to?

All employees—full-time, part-time and casual—are entitled under the NES to a minimum of two days of compassionate leave per occasion; however, an employee’s industrial instrument may provide for more generous entitlements.

Employees can either take two days of continuous leave or take two separate periods of one day each.

Full-time and part-time employees must be paid at the employee’s base rate of pay for the ordinary hours that would have been worked. Casual employees are not entitled to be paid when they are on compassionate leave.