Sick & carer's leave
Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws
If your workplace has been impacted by coronavirus, we have information about your workplace rights and obligations at Coronavirus and Australian workplace laws.
A number of temporary changes have been introduced due to coronavirus including:
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:
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 s.12 and 97
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