Sick & carer's leave
Sick and carer's leave (also known as personal leave or personal / carer's leave) lets an employee take time off to help them deal with personal illness, caring responsibilities and family emergencies.
Sick leave can be used when an employee is ill or injured.
An employee may have to take time off to care for an immediate family or household member who is sick or injured or help during a family emergency. This is known as carer's leave but it comes out of the employee's personal leave balance.
The National Employment Standards includes both paid and unpaid leave entitlements. For more information go to:
For a quick overview of how personal leave works, watch our short video to find out how many days employees are entitled to, when they can be taken and for what reasons.
Immediate family members or household members
An immediate family member is a:
- spouse or former spouse
- de facto partner or former de facto partner
- sibling, or
- child, parent, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of the employee's spouse or de facto partner (or former spouse or de facto partner).
This definition includes step-relations (eg. step-parents and step-children) as well as adoptive relations.
A household member is any person who lives with the employee.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) sections 12 and 97
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