When can an employee take personal/carer’s leave?

Employees may take paid personal/carer’s leave for the following reasons:

  • because the employee is not fit for work because of a personal illness, or a personal injury, affecting the employee; or
  • to provide care or support to a member of the employee’s immediate family, or a member of the employee’s household, who requires care or support because of:
  • A personal illness, or personal injury, affecting the member; or
  • An unexpected emergency affecting the member.

The following reasons, taken from examples we have gathered from member phone calls, are NOT eligible to be covered by personal/carer’s leave:

  • attending a child’s ballet concert/swimming carnival/award ceremony/pony club
  • being present for the birth of a grandchild
  • shopping for bridesmaids shoes
  • going on an overseas holiday
  • moving house, and
  • other similar purposes.

Employees attending medical appointments and elective surgeries that are pre-arranged can only be covered by personal/carer’s leave if they are unable to attend work due to personal illness or injury.  This would generally need to be assessed on each individual case.