Direction to take excess annual leave

Under some awards and registered agreements, employers can direct employees to take paid annual leave if they have a lot of annual leave.

Find information about when an employee can be directed to take excess annual leave in your award by selecting from the list below.

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The options in the list come from the most common awards.

Minimum entitlements and obligations usually come from an award or registered agreement. If you don’t know if there is an award or registered agreement that applies, go to our Awards and agreements page for help.

To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission websiteexternal-icon.png.

Use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.

Every award and registered agreement has information about who is covered by it. To work out who is covered read:

  • the coverage clause
  • the job classifications.

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Direction to take excess annual leave under an agreement

If you're covered by a registered agreement, check the terms of your agreement for information about when an employee can be directed to take excess annual leave. To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website external-icon.png.

If a registered agreement says an employee can be directed to take excess annual leave but doesn't set out specific rules about this, then the direction must be reasonable.

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