Leave and other provisions

Leave and other provisions

Macquarie University offers generous leave entitlements for employees planning to take time out to become parents, or to care for children, an elderly parent, or a family member with disability, illness or a chronic medical condition.

For new and expecting parents

Macquarie has a range of paid and unpaid leave options to support your carer responsibilities as a parent.

Leave options

Parental leave

Eligible staff have access to paid and unpaid parental leave for the birth (includes surrogacy), adoption or fostering of a child where they are responsible for the child's care.

For entitlements see:
FAQ's:
How to apply:
  • Once you’ve discussed your plans with your manager, complete the parental leave application form and submit it to your manager for approval before sending to your payroll advisor by email.

The HR Client Services Team can help answer any questions about your parental leave

Personal leave

Paid personal leave is available where a staff member is unable to attend work because of family/carer responsibilities.

For more information on carer's leave, refer to the Personal Leave Policy and Procedure.

Purchased annual leave

Eligible staff can purchase either an additional five days (35 hours) or 10 days (70 hours) annual leave in a 12-month period for professional staff and up to additional 4 weeks of purchased annual leave for academic staff.

For more information on purchased leave, refer to the Annual Leave Policy and Procedure and Enterprise Agreements.

Other provisions

Safe working conditions

If there are risks associated with your pregnancy or hazards that mean your normal duties are no longer advisable, it is important that you speak to your manager or HR about this and discuss adjustments to your working environment and/or conditions.

Government Paid Parental Leave scheme

Employees may also be eligible for the Australian Federal Government’s Parental Leave Scheme and Dad and Partner Pay which provides financial assistance to the parents, including fathers, of newborn children, in addition to the Parental Leave offered by Macquarie University.

For further information and application, contact the Department of Human Services. Macquarie University is unable to provide specific advice on these schemes.

Keeping in touch days

Under the Australian Government Keeping in Touch Days Scheme, you have 10 days while on unpaid parental leave, where you’ll get paid for coming back to work for activities such as participating in a planning day, doing training or attending a conference.

Flexible work

When you return from parental leave, you may consider changing your work arrangement to help you balance your work with parenting responsibilities. There are a range of flexible work options at Macquarie, including changing hours from full-time to part-time, working from home to assist parents with drop off or picking up kids from day care or school, or changing start and finish times. You can read about flexible work options and speak with your manager/supervisor about your request to find a solution that works best for you and for your work area.

Under Macquarie University's Flexible Work Policy, all continuing and fixed-term employees can request flexible work. Requests for flexible work are reviewed on a case by case basis to reach a solution, where possible, that is practicable both for the individual and business area.

For information on flexible work options and the process for applying refer to the Flexible Work Policy and Procedure.

Breastfeeding and expressing breaks

Nursing mothers have access to additional paid breaks and parents rooms for expressing and storing breast milk and to breastfeed if the child is in nearby care. For more information on breastfeeding at work, click here.

For carers of others

We know how stressful it is when your loved ones aren’t well and need your care. Whether you have to care for a child, an elderly parent or another family member with a disability, illness or chronic medical condition, Macquarie University offers support to help you manage your work and caring commitments.

Leave options

Personal leave

Paid personal leave is available where a staff member is unable to attend work because of family/carer responsibilities. For more information on personal leave for carers, refer to the Personal Leave Policy and Procedure.

Annual leave

Four weeks of paid leave a year (part-time on a proportionate basis), which can also be used for caring for others if you’ve run out of Paid Personal Leave. For more information on annual leave, refer to the Annual Leave Policy and Procedure.

Purchased annual leave

Eligible staff can also purchase either an additional five days (35 hours) or 10 days (70 hours) annual leave in a 12-month period for professional staff and up to 4 weeks of purchased annual leave for academic staff. For more information on purchased leave, refer to the Annual Leave Policy and Procedure and Enterprise Agreements.

Other provisions

Flexible work

You may find that you need to change the way you work, to meet your caring requirements. Macquarie University offers a range of flexible working options that you can request on a short, medium or longer term basis, depending on your specific needs.

For information on flexible work options and the process for applying refer to the Flexible Work Policy and Procedure.

If you are considering flexible work, speak to your manager/supervisor about your options to work out a solution that works best for you and the work area.

Need more help?

Contact your HR representative.

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