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Taking leave from work 

The leave you are entitled to will depend on whether you are employed on a full-time, part-time or casual basis and which award or agreement covers your job.

Generally, if you work part-time you should receive all the leave entitlements of a full-time employee on a pro-rata or proportional basis.

If you are a casual worker you should receive an additional payment, called a loading, instead of getting sick leave and other entitlements. Check your award/agreement for details.

The main types of leave available to full-time and part-time employees are:

There are also other types of leave:

Parental leave

Available for all employees having or adopting a child, unless otherwise specified in an award or agreement.

Parental leave can be:

  • maternity leave, taken by female employees during or after pregnancy. The period of leave available is up to 52 weeks
  • paternity leave, for male employees whose spouse is having a child
  • adoption leave, for parents who have adopted a child under 18 years of age

Leave without pay

A form of leave granted when your employer allows you to take time off work, without pay, for a specified period. This can happen if you have used all your paid annual leave or personal carer's leave but have to take time away from work.