Staff members are eligible for paid and/or unpaid parental leave where they are the primary carer of the child. Casual staff and Sessional Academic staff are eligible for unpaid parental leave if they have either been employed on a regular basis for a sequence of periods of 52 weeks or more and would have a reasonable expectation of continuing employment on a regular and systemic basis. For further information, please refer to ACU’s Parental Leave Policy.
Length of completed continuous service
Paid/Unpaid leave entitlement and payment mode
Leave Associated with the Birth of an Infant or Adoption of a Pre-School Age Child A staff member who is the primary carer is entitled to paid leave associated with the birth of an infant or adoption of a pre-school age child in accordance with the following:
Less than 52 weeks
1 weeks’ paid leave for each completed calendar month of continuous service of the staff member’s ordinary salary rate or equivalent at half pay fortnightly.
52 weeks but less than 104 weeks
12 weeks full pay or 24 weeks at 0.5 of the staff member’s ordinary salary rate
104 or more weeks
12 weeks of the staff member’s ordinary salary rate or equivalent at half pay fortnightly for 24 weeks
12 weeks of the staff member’s ordinary salary plus an additional 40 weeks paid and/or unpaid leave may be taken as follows: 40 weeks at 0.6 of the staff member’s ordinary salary rate paid fortnightly, subject to a written agreement to return to duty for a period of 26 weeks full time (or an equivalent period on a pro-rata basis) or the staff member is required to repay the 40 weeks at 0.6 of salary.
Partner/Spouse (Non-Primary Carer) A staff member who is the partner of a person who is the primary carer of a child is entitled to paid and/or unpaid leave associated with the birth of the infant or adoption of a pre-school age child as follows:
15 paid consecutive working days or for periods which in aggregate do not exceed 15 days during the first 12 weeks after the birth or adoption, and up to a further 5 weeks of unpaid leave to be taken in periods of two weeks or more.
10 days unpaid leave in order that the staff member may, if eligible, access the Federal Government’s “Dad and Partner Pay” provisions (or its successor).
Foster Care (Primary Carer)
Up to 6 weeks on half pay from the date that the child comes under the staff members care if the child is younger than 5 years of age
3 weeks’ leave on half pay from the date that the child comes under the staff members care if the child is over 5 years and under 16 years of age.
Child Rearing Leave
In addition to and immediately following any other form of parental leave, a further 52 weeks of child rearing leave without pay will be made available to staff members, for the care of pre-school age children. Child Rearing Leave is renewable annually for no more than 52 weeks at any one time, and does not extend beyond the child reaching school age.