Managing sick or carer's leave

Full-time and part-time employees can take paid sick or carer’s leave. Sick and carer's leave (also known as personal leave) allows an employee take time off to help them deal with:

  • personal illness or injury
  • caring responsibilities
  • family emergencies

It’s important to know:

  • Full-time and part-time employees get 10 days each year of paid sick or carer’s leave.
  • Casual employees or contractors do not get any paid sick or carer’s leave, but can access unpaid carer’s leave.
  • As an employer, you can ask an employee to give evidence to confirm why they have been away from work at any time. However, you might have a specific policy about when it is required. An employee’s medical certificate doesn't have to give exact details about the injury or illness.
  • An employee can take an extended period of unpaid sick leave. The Fair Work Ombudsman has more information on long periods of sick leave and unpaid carer's leave.

More information

  • Use the leave calculator on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website to find sick and carers’ leave amounts.
  • Read more about the Fair Work Commission and how it applies in your state or territory.

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