Here are some of the main types of leave that you may be entitled to:
|What is it?||When you can take time off work and still be paid.|
|Who gets it?||All employees except for casual employees.|
|What are my minimum entitlements?||If the National Employment Standards apply to you (and they apply to most employees) and you are a full-time or part-time employee, you are entitled to 4 weeks’ worth of your ordinary hours of work per year paid on a pro-rata basis.|
You may have an award, enterprise agreement, or other registered agreement that allows you a greater amount of Annual Leave.
Your employment contract may also allow you a greater amount. However, the employment contract cannot allow you less than the National Employment Standards.
|Public Holiday Leave|
|What is it?||When you can be absent from work and still be paid if the day is a public holiday for your State. You can also reasonably refuse to work on a public holiday.|
|Who gets it?||All employees (except casuals) who have their ordinary hours of work on the particular public holiday are entitled to be paid for that day off.|
The above also excludes, for example, part-time employees who do not have their ordinary hours falling on the day of the public holiday.
|What are my minimum entitlements?||If you are entitled to be absent from work due to a public holiday, you must be paid your base rate for that day off work. This excludes penalty rates and any overtime you normally would have worked.|
|Long Service Leave|
|What is it?||When you get extra leave to recognise your long service with your employer.|
|Who gets it?||It depends on your State or Territory. States and Territories have their own laws regarding Long Service Leave.|
In Western Australia, full-time, part time and casual employees are entitled to long service leave.
In WA, employees in the construction industry are covered by the portable paid long service leave scheme.
|What are my minimum entitlements?||It depends on your State or Territory. You should also review any award, enterprise agreement, or other registered agreement.|
In WA, general speaking the entitlements are:
If your employment is terminated after 7 years of service (provided it is not for serious misconduct), then you are generally entitled to be paid pro-rata long service leave.
|Community Service Leave|
|What is it?||When you can take leave for certain community service activities. It is unpaid leave unless it is for jury duty.|
Other than jury duty, an allowed community service activity is “voluntary emergency management”. However, it must be with a recognised emergency management body, such as the RSPCA.
|Who gets it?||All employees.|
|What are my minimum entitlements?||There is no limit as long as it is for an allowed community service activity, but you must give notice of the Community Service Leave to your employer.|
|Unpaid Parental Leave|
|What is it?||Unpaid leave that can be taken when an employee or their partner gives birth, or when an employee adopts a child under 16 years old.|
|Who gets it?||Full-time and part-time employees who will have:|
Casual employees can still claim Unpaid Parental Leave, but they need to satisfy the same requirements above in addition to the following:
|What are my minimum entitlements?||You are entitled to at least 12 months of unpaid leave. You also have the option of requesting an additional 12 months of unpaid leave.|
Your employer may additionally provide for paid parental leave in your applicable registered agreement, in your employment contract, or in your particular workplace’s policies. The national government also has a Paid Parental Leave Scheme, under which you can additionally receive parental leave pay.