Compassionate leave

An employee (including a casual employee) is entitled to two days of compassionate leave to spend time with a member of the employee's immediate family or household who has sustained a life-threatening illness or injury. Compassionate leave may also be taken after the death of a member of the employee's immediate family or household.

An employee may take compassionate leave for each occasion as:

  • a single continuous two day period, or
  • two separate periods of one day each, or
  • any separate periods to which the employee and his or her employer agree.

If an employee, other than a casual employee, takes a period of compassionate leave, the employer must pay the employee at the employee’s base rate of pay for the ordinary hours they would have worked during the period of leave.

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Page last updated: 17 Sep 2010