Parental absence enables an employee who is a parent to be absent from duty for a total of 7 years following or in conjunction with the birth, adoption or otherwise becoming the legal parent of one or more children.
Parental absence comprises one or more of the following forms of leave:
- maternity leave
- partner leave
- other paid parental leave
- long service leave
- annual leave and additional paid leave (education support class employees)
- family leave without pay
An employee may also be entitled to other leave preceding the birth or adoption of a child.
- parental absence
- paid leave entitlements
- resumption of duty
- leave preceding parental absence
- Commonwealth Parental Leave Pay Scheme
Reviewed 10 October 2022