Cashing out annual leave
Cashing out annual leave means an employee receives payment instead of taking time off work.
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Cashing out annual leave under an award
Annual leave can only be cashed out when an award allows it.
Find out about cashing out annual leave in your award by selecting from the list below.
Social and Community Services Award
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award [MA000100].
Employees can cash out annual leave under the Social and Community Services Award. To cash out annual leave they need to have:
- at least 4 weeks annual leave left after the cash out
- a signed written agreement with their employer that outlines the amount of leave being cashed out, the amount they will be paid and the date it will be paid. If the employee is under 18 their parent or guardian must also sign it.
Employers have to keep this agreement for the employee's records.
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.
An employee can't cash out more than 2 weeks each 12 months.
An employer can't force or pressure an employee to cash out annual leave.
Employers and employees can use the Cashing out annual leave template (DOCX 25KB) when cashing out annual leave.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Social and Community Services Award summary.
Source reference: Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award [MA000100] clause 31.5
- 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
Cashing out annual leave under a registered agreement
Annual leave can only be cashed out when a registered agreement allows it.
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
Certain rules apply when cashing out annual leave:
- an employee needs to have at least 4 weeks annual leave left over
- 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.
Cashing out annual leave for award or agreement free employees
An award and agreement free employee can make an agreement with their employer to cash out their annual leave if the:
- agreement is in writing
- employer pays the employee the same amount the employee would get if they had taken the leave
- employee has at least 4 weeks left in their leave balance after the rest is cashed out.
To find out how to check if an employee is award or agreement free, go to Award and agreement free wages and conditions.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.92, 93 and 94
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