Paid sick & carer's leave
An employee can take paid sick leave when they can't work because of a personal illness or injury. This can include stress and pregnancy related illnesses.
An employee can take paid carer's leave to care for or support a member of their immediate family or household who is sick, injured or has an unexpected emergency.
Use our Leave Calculator
to calculate sick and carer's leave entitlements.
Who gets paid sick and carer's leave?
All employees except casuals are entitled to paid sick and carer's leave.
Employees may have to give notice or evidence to get paid for sick and carer's leave. Go to the Notice and medical certificates page for more information.
How much paid sick and carer's leave does an employee get?
Sick and carer's leave comes under the same leave entitlement. It's also known as personal / carer's leave.
- 10 days each year for full-time employees
- pro rata of 10 days each year depending on their hours of work for part-time employees.
Example: Sick and carer's leave entitlements for part-time employees
Suzanne is a full-time employee who works 38 hours, 5 days a week. Rebecca is a part-time employee who works an average of 19 hours per week, working a 5-day fortnight. Suzanne gets 10 days paid sick and carer's leave per year. Rebecca gets 5 days paid sick and carer's leave per year as she works half the hours Suzanne works.
A registered agreement can set out different entitlements to paid sick and carer's leave, but it can't be less than the minimum above.
How does paid sick and carer's leave accumulate?
Full-time and part-time employees accumulate sick and carer's leave during a year of work. It starts to build up from an employee's first day of work and is based on the number of hours they work.
The balance at the end of each year carries over to the next year.
Sick and carer's leave accumulates when an employee is on:
- paid leave such as paid annual leave and paid sick and carer's leave
- community service leave including jury duty.
Sick and carer's leave does not accumulate when the employee is on:
- unpaid annual leave
- unpaid sick/carer's leave
- unpaid parental leave.
How much paid sick and carer's leave can an employee take?
An employee can take as much paid sick or carer's leave as they have accumulated. There is no minimum or maximum amount of paid sick or carer's leave that can be taken at a time.
For what happens if paid leave runs out, go to:
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) sections 96 and 97
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