Climate change protests

We are aware that protests about climate change took place globally and around Australia on Friday, 20 September 2019.

Employees who attended the protest, but were required to be at work, needed their employer's permission to be away from work. For example, employees could request to take annual leave to attend the protest. Employers can only refuse a request for annual leave if the refusal is reasonable.

Employees may also be able to take other forms of paid or unpaid leave. The process for requesting annual or other forms of leave is often set out in an award, a registered agreement, contract of employment or company policy.

Visit our Annual leave page for information about requesting and taking annual leave.

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