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How much sick leave can an employee take?
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In Australia, sick and carer's leave comes under the same leave entitlement. It's also known as personal / carer's leave.

  • The yearly entitlement is based on an employee’s ordinary hours of work and is 10 days for full-time employees, and pro-rata for part-time employees.
  • This can be calculated as 1/26 of an employee’s ordinary hours of work in a year.
  • The amount of paid sick and carer’s leave that accumulates over a period of time is not affected by differences in the spread of an employee’s ordinary hours of work in a week.
  • A registered agreement, award or contract can set out different entitlements to paid sick and carer's leave, but they can't be less than the minimum in the National Employment Standards. 
  • Full-time and part-time employees accumulate sick and carer's leave during each year of employment. It starts accumulating from an employee's first day of work and is based on their ordinary hours of work.

    The balance at the end of each year carries over to the next year.


Sick and carer's leave accumulates when an employee is on:

  • paid leave such as annual leave and sick and carer's leave
  • community service leave including jury duty
  • long service leave.


Sick and carer's leave doesn’t accumulate when the employee is on:

  • unpaid annual leave
  • unpaid sick or carer's leave
  • unpaid parental leave
  • unpaid family and domestic violence leave.


For more information about paid and unpaid sick leave entitlements, go to

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