Cashing out annual leave

The Fair Work Commission has handed down a decision that affects the rules about cashing out annual leave in some awards. These changes apply from the first pay period on or after 29 July 2016. We've updated this page with the new information - choose your award from the list below to find out if it applies to you.

For an overview of the changes, visit Changes to annual leave in some awards.

Cashing out annual leave means an employee receives payment instead of taking time off work.

Annual leave can only be cashed out when an award or registered agreement allows it.

Find out about cashing out annual leave in your award by selecting from the list below.

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Cashing out annual leave under a registered agreement

If you're covered by a registered agreement, check it for information on whether leave can be cashed out. To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website external-icon.png

Certain rules apply when cashing out annual leave:

  • an employee needs to have at least 4 weeks annual leave leftover
  • a written agreement needs to be made each time annual leave is cashed out
  • an employer can't force or pressure an employee to cash out annual leave
  • the payment for cashed out annual leave has to be the same as what the employee would have been paid if they took the leave.

Source reference:  Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) sections 92, 93 and 94 external-icon.png

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