Unpaid carer's leave

All employees, including casual employees are entitled to 2 days unpaid carer’s leave.

Employees get 2 days unpaid carer’s leave each time an immediate family member or household member of the employee needs care and support because of:

  • illness
  • injury or
  • an unexpected emergency.

Full-time and part-time employees can only get unpaid carer’s leave if they don’t have any paid sick / carer’s leave left.

Find out who is an immediate family or household member on the Sick and carer’s leave page.

Taking unpaid carer’s leave

Unpaid carer’s leave can be taken:

  • in 1 continuous period (eg. 2 working days in a row) or
  • in separate periods as agreed between the employee and employer (eg. 4 half days could be taken in a row).

An employer can’t take negative action against an employee for taking unpaid carer’s leave. To find out more, see Protections at work.

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) section 102 external-icon.png

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