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.

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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.

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

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.

Eligible employees can take paid bereavement leave if someone close to them dies, or for a miscarriage or stillbirth.

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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