28. PERSONAL LEAVE
28.1 Personal leave comprises Sick Leave and Other Personal Leave. A Staff Member must provide supporting documentation for absences in accordance with University policy.
Eligibility and entitlement
28.2 Personal leave entitlements are set out in the table below. Nothing in this clause effects the personal leave accrual and balances of Staff employed prior to the commencement of this Agreement.
Staff will be credited with an entitlement of 175 hours (5 weeks: 3 weeks Sick Leave, 2 weeks Other Personal Leave) on commencement of employment.
Over the course of the first year of service, staff will accrue an additional 280 hours (8 weeks: 5.6 weeks Sick Leave, 2.4 weeks Other Personal Leave).
In the second and subsequent years of continuous service, staff will accrue an additional 105 hours (3 weeks: 2 weeks Sick Leave, 1-week Other Personal leave) each year up to a maximum of 1820 hours (52 weeks).
Proportionate of the Full-time entitlement.
No entitlement to paid personal leave.
Taking Personal Leave
28.3 Personal Leave may be used for absences due to illness or injury not arising out of employment; care of a Family Member; compassionate grounds or bereavement; moving to a new residence; or community volunteering. Personal Leave may be taken for periods of 1 hour or greater.
28.4 Staff will be entitled to paid sick leave when they are unable to attend work due to personal illness or incapacity. When applicable, the Staff Member must provide supporting documentation as specified in the Personal Leave Policy from time to time. Paid sick leave is not available if a Staff Member is receiving workers’ compensation payments in respect of their absence.
28.5 Other Personal Leave may be accessed for absences due to:
(a) Family/carer responsibilities. Such responsibilities may include caring for a family member who is ill or incapacitated; temporary and unexpected absence of the usual carer; or an unexpected emergency.
(b) Compassionate or bereavement leave. Where a family member has a serious illness, injury or dies, personal leave may be accessed to attend the person, make arrangements for and/or attend the funeral and attend to arrangements after the funeral. The Staff Member may access a maximum of 5 days personal leave per occasion. For the purpose of bereavement leave, Family Member will include aunt, uncle and siblings-in-law including siblings of same sex de facto partners.
(c) Moving to a new residence. In ordinary circumstances a Staff Member may access 1 day of personal leave to move household property to a new residence. If the Staff Member can demonstrate a genuine need, leave in excess of the 1 day may be approved.
(d) Community volunteering. Volunteering leave is an initiative to encourage staff to participate in volunteer activities in community based non-profit organisations, charitable groups, and groups identified in need of services and assistance. To assist with organisational demands, Staff will be required to discuss with their Supervisor their intentions for accessing volunteer leave. The University will support a continuing Staff Member’s participation in volunteer activities with approved organisations and groups in the community by:
(i) providing up to 2 days of paid personal leave each year;
(ii) working in collaboration with approved organisations and groups in the community to ensure that volunteering projects are meaningful and productive for both parties.
28.6 Where a Staff Member exhausts their entitlement to either Sick Leave or Other Personal Leave they will be able to access whatever accrual they have available for the other form of Personal Leave.
28.7 Personal leave must be applied for in accordance with the relevant policies in place from time to time.
28.8 Staff may access alternative employment arrangements provided for in this Agreement to assist with the management of longer-term family responsibilities.