Other paid leave

Published 22 June 2020 | Updated 16 September 2020

There are a number of paid leave options that employers and employees can consider to help manage the impacts of coronavirus. Employees and employers are encouraged to work together to find solutions to manage the impacts of coronavirus on their workplaces.

Long service leave

An employee gets long service leave after working for the same employer for a long time.

In most cases, entitlements and rules about long service leave come from the laws in each state or territory. To find out how to check the rules for your state or territory see Long service leave.

Compassionate leave

All employees (other than casuals) are entitled to 2 days of paid compassionate leave per occasion (also known as bereavement leave). Casual employees are entitled to unpaid compassionate leave. This leave can be taken when a member of an employee’s immediate family or household dies, or contracts or develops a life-threatening illness or injury. For more information see Compassionate and bereavement leave.

Other paid leave

Awards, enterprise agreements, employment contracts and workplace policies may have other types of paid leave.

An employer can give extra paid leave to their employees if they choose to, even if it isn’t in an award, enterprise agreement, contract or workplace policy. This should be negotiated between the employer and employee.

Example: Agreed other paid leave

Brett is a full-time employee whose employment is covered by an enterprise agreement.

The nursery he works for is open to customers but his employer wants to reduce the number of employees in the nursery each day to manage the impacts of coronavirus.

Brett and his employer aren’t eligible for the JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme and the enterprise agreement doesn’t have any other entitlements or provisions for this situation.

Brett doesn’t have any accumulated paid leave left. His employer offers him 1 week of extra paid leave so he can take 1 day of leave each week for 5 weeks. He confirms the agreement by email.

Parental Leave Pay or Dad and Partner Pay

Eligible employees who are the primary carer of a newborn or newly adopted child can apply to get 18 weeks' Parental Leave Pay (PLP) from the Australian Government. This is paid at the National Minimum Wage.

Eligible working dads and partners (including same-sex partners) can apply to get 2 weeks paid Dad and Partner Pay. This is paid at the National Minimum Wage.

Employees receiving payments under the JobKeeper scheme or who lose their job because of coronavirus might be able to claim PLP or Dad and Partner Pay.

Employees receiving PLP or Dad and Partner Pay aren’t eligible for the JobKeeper scheme for the period they’re getting Paid Parental Leave or receiving Dad or Partner Pay.

Find out more about applying, eligibility and the payments on the Services Australia website:

To learn more about the workplace entitlements for paid parental leave, go to our Paid parental leave page.

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