We have a range of leave options depending on your needs and employment type. Most leave can be applied for on HRonline.

Leave

We have a range of leave options depending on your needs and employment type. Most leave can be applied for on HRonline.

Most full time staff are entitled to four weeks annual leave each year including 17.5 per cent leave loading paid in December. Annual leave helps you to relax and rejuvenate and gives you a good work life balance.

It is best to use all annual leave days accrued each year. If you do carry days over to the following year, you should make sure your balance does not exceed 20 days at any time. If you are planning an extended absence such as a long holiday you can negotiate with your manager to build up your days. If you are doing this, the leave must be taken within two years.

The leave plan (DOC, 57KB) can help you map out when you are going to take your annual leave.

Apply or check your annual leave balance using HRonline.

If you are an academic staff member see annual leave for academic staff for more specific information.

Otherwise see the leave and holidays section of your relevant enterprise agreement:

The purchased leave scheme is available for professional staff only. Under this scheme you can apply to 'purchase' a minimum of two weeks and up to eight weeks of additional paid leave a year. By purchasing this leave you forgo a small part of your salary over a year period. The amount of this depends on how many weeks purchased leave you apply for.

To apply, complete the purchased leave form (PDF, 34KB).


Apart from the standard public holidays you also get four additional paid days off a year, called university concession days (three days at Christmas and one day at Easter).

You are entitled to up to 25 days personal leave a year. Personal leave is available where you are unable to attend work because of:

  • illness, injury or incapacity
  • caring for a family member or member of the household suffering from an illness, injury or incapacity
  • compassionate needs
  • bereavement
  • unforseen emergencies
  • moving house
  • attending important cultural events

To apply for personal leave please use HRonline. If applying for more than three days of sick or carers leave in a row you will need a Doctor's Certificate or Statutory Declaration (PDF, 7.6KB). Please scan and upload all evidence in HRonline when you are applying for the leave.

If you do not have access to HRonline please complete the personal leave application form (PDF, 37KB).

You can negotiate leave without pay with your manager. Leave without pay should only be used when all other types of leave have been exhausted.

To apply please complete the leave without pay application form (PDF, 146KB).

You are entitled to three months leave (two months for casuals) after 10 years of continuous service. This entitlement then increases for every year after that. To apply for long service leave or to check your balance see HRonline. If you do not have access please complete the long service leave application form (PDF, 32KB).

To ensure you are using your long service leave accrual you should try to keep your accrued balance to no more than three months at any one time.

For more information see your relevant enterprise agreement:

Parents are able to take advantage of up to 26 weeks of paid parental leave (or 52 weeks on half pay) after the birth (or placement through adoption or fostering) of your child. This is separate from and may be taken at the same time as the Australian Government's Paid Parental Leave Scheme. The staff member taking the leave can be male or female but must be the primary carer of the child. If you are not the birth mother but intend to become the primary carer and take paid parental leave, please contact the HR Leave Specialist to get more information on your entitlements.

Full details are outlined in the Parental Leave Booklet (PDF, 1.49MB). To apply please complete the parental leave application form (PDF, 80KB).

To vary or request an extension to parental leave please complete the variation form (PDF, 42KB).

Resources

Partners are entitled to two weeks paid leave after the birth (or placement through adoption or fostering) of your child. This is separate from the Australian Government Dad and Partner pay. You cannot receive the Government entitlement at the same time as you are taking paid leave from the University.

To apply please complete the partner leave application form (PDF, 44KB).

Resources

Parental Leave Booklet

If you are a recognised member of an emergency services body you can get up to two days of paid leave to perform duties during an emergency. If the emergency is officially declared a natural disaster this can be extended by another two days.To apply for this leave please use HRonline.

If you do not have access please complete the emergency services leave form (PDF, 28KB).

Staff who are of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent are given up to five days of paid Indigenous Australian Leave a year. This is to fulfil cultural responsibilities such as:

  • bereavement leave
  • National Aboriginal and Islander Day celebrations
  • ceremonial obligations
  • attendance at community, business or other relevant cultural events

To apply for this leave please complete the Indigenous Australian leave application form (PDF, 140KB).

You can be paid the difference between what is paid for jury duty and your normal salary for periods of jury service. To apply please use HRonline. If you do not have access please complete the jury service leave application form (PDF, 31KB). You will need to provide proof of your attendance including the duration of the service and the amount you were paid.

Full or part-time continuing or contingent staff or staff on a fixed-term contract for 12 months or more and who are studying an approved program relevant to their role at UoN can apply for study or examination leave. You can take up to 35 hours study leave a semester or trimester, plus the time of the examination as leave. To apply for study or examination leave please use HRonline.

If you do not have access please complete the examination leave application (PDF, 27KB).

Staff who are members of the Australian Defence Force Reserves are able to access 14 days leave on full pay. If you are in your first year of the Defence Reserve Service you get an additional 14 days on top of this to attend training and inductions. To apply for this leave please use HRonline.

If you do not have access please complete the defence reserves' leave form (PDF, 28KB).

For more information see the Defence Reserves Leave Procedure.

If you are subpoenaed, summoned or called as a witness you are eligible for paid leave for the period you are acting as a witness. If you are acting as a witness on behalf of UoN, you will be considered to be on duty and will not receive witness fees or a day of paid leave.To apply for this leave please use HRonline.

If you do not have access please complete the witness leave application form (PDF, 28KB).

Academic staff are eligible to apply for the Special Studies Program.