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Leave entitlements for all employees covered by national workplace laws are included in the National Employment Standards (NES). 

From 1 January 2010, the NES replaced the non-pay rate provisions of the Australian Fair Pay and Conditions Standard (the Standard). If you are covered by the national workplace laws, the minimum entitlements in the NES apply to you regardless of your industrial instrument or contract of employment.

In this section

National Employment Standards (NES)
The National Employment Standards are set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 and comprise 10 minimum standards of employment. They provide a safety net for all employees in the national workplace relations system and include specific provisions for leave.
Leave Calculator
The Leave Calculator helps you calculate annual and personal leave under the National Employment Standards (NES).
Public holidays
Find out entitlements and obligations for public holidays.
Sick leave
Sick leave is now known as personal leave and can be taken when the employee is sick or injured or when the employee needs to care for an immediate family or household member who is sick, injured or has an unexpected emergency. Learn more.
Annual leave
Under the NES, all employees (except casual employees) get paid annual leave based on their ordinary hours of work. An annual leave entitlement that comes from an award or agreement may be different, but cannot be less than the NES entitlement. See details here.
Leave accrual
Annual leave, paid personal/carer’s leave and long service leave accumulate over time. This section explains how this works.
Personal, carer's & compassionate leave
All except casual employees are entitled to paid personal leave which is the same as sick leave. There are also entitlements to paid and unpaid carer’s leave and compassionate leave. For details, see this section.
Parental leave
Employees get unpaid parental leave when a new child is born or adopted. In this section you’ll find information about unpaid parental leave (including maternity, paternity and adoption), paid parental leave and special types of leave, obligations as an employer and returning to work after taking leave.
Long service leave
Long service leave is a period of paid leave for employees who have been working for the same business for a long period of time. It is generally governed by state and territory laws and can usually be taken after 10 years continuous service.
Community service leave
Find out when you can take leave to carry out community service activities such as jury service (including attendance for jury selection) or a ‘voluntary emergency management activity’.
Page last updated: 29 May 2012