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information about the long service, sick, carer and holiday leave that an employee may be eligible for.

Leave means time away from work. Leave may be paid or unpaid, depending on employment and personal circumstances.

All National system employees, with the exception of short term casual staff are entitled to some kinds of leave, such as long service, holiday or carer leave as minimum conditions of their employment.

An employment contract, modern award or enterprise agreement may provide additional leave entitlements, but they cannot remove the basic leave rights. Any contract that provides less than the minimum leave entitlements will be invalid to the extent of the inconsistency with the National Employment Standards.

See Minimum employment conditions (link below)

More information


Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)

  • Part 2-1—terms and conditions of employment
  • Part 2-2—the national employment standards
  • Part 2-2 Div 5—parental leave and other entitlements
  • Part 2-2 Div 6—annual leave
  • Part 2-2 Div 7—personal, carers, compassionate leave
  • Part 2-2 Div 8—community service leave
  • Part 2-2 Div 9—long service leave

See Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth)(opens in a new window)

Fair Work Ombudsman

The Ombudsman site has a section about leave entitlements.

See Fair Work Ombudsman—Leave(opens in a new window)