RMIT University Academic and Professional Staff Enterprise Agreement 2014

43. Personal / Carer’s leave

43.1 In the case of personal illness or injury


An employee is entitled to 15 days paid leave when they are not fit for work because of personal illness or injury for each year of service, credited 12 months in advance except that a new employee will be credited with 30 days leave or a pro-rata amount where the contract is for less than two years. Unused personal leave will be cumulative.


RMIT may recover days of personal leave taken above 15 where a new employee ceases employment before the first anniversary of appointment, unless employment demonstrably ceased due to ill health.


Where practicable an employee taking personal leave will notify RMIT within three hours of commencing leave and give an estimate of the duration of leave.


Proof of illness or injury will be provided by an employee for absences during a year of service of more than three consecutive or six aggregate working days. A certificate from a registered medical practitioner (i.e. a doctor, dentist, physiotherapist, chiropractor, osteopath, optometrist, naturopath, clinical or counselling psychologist, podiatrist) will be sufficient proof. The certificate will be provided on return to duty or within 10 working days of the notification of illness, whichever is the lesser period of time. Where the University has successfully contacted the employee and the employee has failed to provide proof of their illness, sickness or injury, within 10 working days the employee will be deemed to be on unpaid personal leave. In the event that proof of illness, sickness or injury is provided at a later time the employee’s unpaid leave will be converted to paid leave in accordance with the University’s leave policies and provisions. At the employee’s request, the leave will be deducted from annual leave credits.


No deduction from personal leave credits will occur for public holidays during a period of personal leave.

An employee who becomes ill or injured during a period of annual leave or ill or injured for a total of three or more days during a period of long service leave may apply for personal leave for those days and have the corresponding number of days of annual/long service leave re-credited provided that he/she provides satisfactory proof of the illness or injury.


Without deduction from personal leave credits, an employee who contracts a notifiable infectious disease or is isolated at the direction of a registered medical practitioner due to contact with a person with such disease, will be granted paid isolation leave for the required period of absence.


Without deduction from personal leave credits, an employee who is absent on account of illness due to disabilities certified by the Department of Veterans Affairs as directly resulting from war service will be granted paid repatriation leave of up to 15 days for each year of service, which will be cumulative up to 100 days.

43.2 Providing care or support to a member of the employee's immediate family or household


An employee is entitled to use any of their entitlement to paid personal leave for the purposes of caring for or supporting a member of the employee’s immediate family or household, or a person for whom an Indigenous employee has an equivalent Indigenous kinship relationship, who requires support because of:

(i) a personal illness, or personal injury, affecting the member; or

(ii) an unexpected emergency affecting the member.

In such cases proof of illness or injury must be supplied in accordance with clause 43.1.4.


Where there is no entitlement to paid leave, an employee is entitled to 2 days unpaid leave per occasion to care for a member or their family or household, or a person for whom an Indigenous employee has an equivalent Indigenous kinship relationship, in cases of their illness or injury or unexpected emergencies.

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