From 1 January 2010, the National Employment Standards (NES) replace the non-pay rate provisions of the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (the Standard). Under the NES there is an entitlement to community service leave.
What is community service leave?
Employees, including casual employees, are entitled to take leave to carry out certain community service activities such as:
- jury service (including attendance for jury selection)
- a ‘voluntary emergency management activity’ where all the following apply:
- the activity deals with an emergency or natural disaster
- the employee engages in the activity on a voluntary basis
- the employee is a member of, or has a member-like association with, a ‘recognised emergency management body’
- the body requests the employee to engage in the activity, or it would be reasonable to expect that such a request would have been made if circumstances had permitted.
Up to & including 31 December 2009
There were no community service leave entitlements under the Australia Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (the Standard), which applied up to and including 31 December 2009.