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Leave and holidays

Employees become entitled to annual holidays, public holidays, sick leave, bereavement leave, parental leave and other types of leave as long as they meet certain conditions.

An employee gets an alternative holiday for working on a public holiday that is an otherwise working day.

Summary of minimum leave and holiday entitlements for employees.

Employees get a paid day off on public holidays if it’s an otherwise working day for them. If they work on a public holiday they’re paid time and a half and may get an alternative day off instead.

Five paid days of sick leave per year is available to employees so they can care for themselves or their dependants.

To work out an employee’s rights to holidays and leave, you need to know whether the day is an otherwise working day for the employee.

Bereavement leave is a special kind of paid leave that all employees who meet certain criteria can use if someone close to them dies.

Other leave types such as garden leave, long service leave, voting leave, jury service, defence forces leave, and leave options for workplace stress or following a natural disaster.

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