Leave preceding parental absence
Prior to the commencement of a period of parental absence, an employee may be entitled to other leave.
An employee who is pregnant may access paid prenatal leave to a maximum of 38 hours, to attend routine medical appointments associated with that pregnancy. Access to prenatal leave requires the provision of the following:
- a medical certificate certifying the employee is pregnant
- a medical certificate for each appointment
- scheduling of appointments at times that minimises disruption to the school and/or the requirement to engage replacement staff for the period of the absence.
An employee whose spouse is pregnant may access paid prenatal leave to a maximum of 15.2 hours for the period of the pregnancy to enable attendance at routine medical appointments associated with that pregnancy, provided that the employee:
- provides a medical certificate certifying their spouse is pregnant,
- provides a medical certificate for each appointment, and
- schedules appointments at times that minimise disruption to the school and, or the requirement to engage replacement staff for the period of the absence.
The provisions of the National Employment Standards specify that an employee is entitled to up to 2 days of unpaid pre-adoption leave to attend any interviews or examinations required for the adoption of a child. This leave may be taken as:
- a single continuous period of up to 2 days, or
- any separate periods which are agreed between the employee and the principal
Applications for leave must include satisfactory evidence regarding the necessity to attend any interviews and, or examinations.
Reviewed 28 February 2023