Tip of the Week - Recreational Leave

Published: Wednesday 13th April 2016

The HR Advisory Service often receives enquiries from staff about Recreational Leave. Recreational Leave is leave that assists staff to achieve work-life balance. Recreational Leave encompasses Annual Leave, University Holidays and Public Holidays.

Recreational Leave consists of:

  • 20 working days annual leave per annum (pro rata for part-time employees);
  • 3 University Holidays;
  • Nine National Public Holidays per annum to be taken on the days they fall due or as gazetted by the relevant State/Territory Government;

- Christmas Day
- Boxing Day
- New Year’s Day
- Australia Day
- Good Friday
- Easter Monday
- Queen’s Birthday
- Labour Day,

  • Local Public Holidays to be taken on the day gazetted by the relevant State or Territory Government;

- Grand Final Friday (VIC)
- Melbourne Cup (VIC
- Ballarat Cup or Ballarat Show Day (VIC) – whichever is first gazetted as a public holiday
- Bank Holiday (NSW) – to be taken in conjunction with the annual Christmas closedown
- Queensland Show Day (QLD)
- Canberra Day (ACT)
- Family and Community Day (ACT)
- Adelaide Cup Day (SA)

You can keep track of upcoming public holidays by looking at the 2016 ACU payment calendar.

Planning and Applying for Recreational Leave

Planning for your leave is an essential part of the annual ACU Performance Review discussion. Planning your leave for the following year assists you to achieve a work/life balance and also assist the University to manage its operational requirements across different times of the year.

Important information

  • Annual Leave will be taken at a time or times that are mutually convenient to the University and the Staff member;
  • Where eligible, a staff member may elect to cash out a portion of their Annual Leave using the Request for Cashing out Annual Leave form.
  • Once you have discussed and agreed on your leave arrangements with your nominated supervisor, you should submit your application for annual leave through Staff Connect.
  • ACU staff have access to a range of discounts on accommodation, flights and car hire for their personal travel.

Further assistance

In the first instance, speak to your nominated supervisor about your leave plan and any other leave arrangements in your work area. If you then require further advice, contact the HR Advisory Service on hr@acu.edu.au or call extension 4222.

For additional information, please refer to the Recreational Leave Policy.