Factsheets: Leave

Leave is time away from work that can be taken for a number of reasons, such as caring for sick family members or going on a holiday. Australian workers and their unions have fought for and won a range of important leave and holiday entitlements that are among the best in the world. Minimum leave entitlements are included in the National Employment Standards. Your award, enterprise agreement or contract of employment may include extra leave entitlements. In this section you will find information on:

Leave Loading

Leave loading is an extra payment given on top of annual leave pay. Also known as holiday loading or annual leave loading, it is one of the many important leave entitlements Australian workers and their unions have fought for. Paid annual leave is a minimum entitlement for Australian employees but leave loading is not. This means that…


Sick and Carer’s and Compassionate Leave

Both sick and carer’s leave and compassionate leave allow you to take time off work when you need to – without losing income. Like most of your rights at work, these types of leave became law after the union movement campaigned for them and won. Sick and carer’s leave Sick and carer’s leave, also known…


Long Service Leave

Employees are entitled to long service leave after an extended period of service with an employer. In some states and territories, you may also be entitled to long service leave even if you change employers or are a casual worker.  This entitlement forms part of the National Employment Standards (NES). There is no uniform long service standard…


Public Holidays

Public holidays are government set days of the year where employees can be absent from work for the day, or part of the day. You must still be paid your base rate of pay for this day, unless you are a casual employee. These entitlements form part of the National Employment Standards (NES). Some public holidays can…


Annual Leave

Annual leave, also known as holiday pay, allows you to be paid while you take time off work. Annual leave became standard in 1970 after a hard-fought union campaign. Full-time, permanent employees have the right to four weeks of annual leave. If you work part-time you are entitled to the same amount of leave, proportionate…


Maternity and Paternity Leave and Pay

Maternity and paternity leave give you the right to take time off work if you are having or adopting a child. You can take maternity or paternity leave when: You give birth Your partner gives birth You adopt a child aged 16 or less Most awards and enterprise agreements offer maternity and paternity leave. This…