JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act
On 9 April 2020, the Fair Work Act was amended to support the implementation and operation of the JobKeeper scheme in Australian workplaces.
For information about the changes and how they apply, go to JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme.
Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave flexibility in awards
On 8 April 2020, the Fair Work Commission made determinations varying 99 awards to provide unpaid pandemic leave and greater flexibility for annual leave for employees in many awards. Read more at Unpaid pandemic leave and annual leave changes to awards.
Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
If your workplace has been impacted by coronavirus, we have information about your workplace rights and obligations.
Find out more on Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.
Annual leave (also known as holiday pay) allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work.
The entitlement to annual leave comes from the National Employment Standards.
Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements can't offer less than the National Employment Standards but they can give more annual leave.
Who is entitled to annual leave?
All employees (except for casual employees) get paid annual leave.
How much annual leave does an employee get?
Full-time and part-time employees get 4 weeks of annual leave, based on their ordinary hours of work.
Example: annual leave for part-time employees
Jane is a part-time employee who works 20 hours per week for a year.
During one year, she will accumulate 80 hours of annual leave (the equivalent of 4 weeks work for her).
Shiftworkers may get up to 5 weeks of annual leave per year.
Find information about annual leave for shiftworkers in your award by selecting from the list below.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Don't know
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
How does annual leave accumulate?
Annual leave accumulates from the first day of employment, even if an employee is in a probation period.
The leave accumulates gradually during the year and any unused annual leave will roll over from year to year.
Annual leave accumulates when an employee is on:
- paid leave such as paid annual leave and paid sick and carer's leave
- community service leave including jury duty
- long service leave.
Annual leave does not accumulate when the employee is on:
- unpaid annual leave
- unpaid sick/carer's leave
- unpaid parental leave
- unpaid family and domestic violence leave.
The Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme is not considered to be paid leave. An employee does not accumulate annual leave while being paid by the Paid Parental Leave Scheme, if
the person is taking unpaid leave from their employer at this time.
Leave does not accumulate for a period of annual leave that has been cashed out.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.87
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