Leave accrual and entitlement

An employee accrues leave credits for each week during which they are an eligible employee. An eligible employee is entitled to take leave after eight years of qualifying service. Qualifying service is service as an eligible employee of one or more employers. It does not include certain absences.

Leave credits accrue for qualifying service and are calculated in hours, not days or weeks:

  • Full-time employee – 455 hours after eight years’ qualifying service.
  • Part-time employee – accrues at a rate which reflects the number of hours worked each week. The maximum accrual is the equivalent of a full-time employee.
  • Casual employee – accrues at a rate which reflects the number of hours worked each week. The maximum accrual is the equivalent of a full-time employee.

For service since 1 January 2000, all service as an eligible employee counts towards their qualifying service, unless they stopped being an eligible employee for eight continuous years or more (a break period). In most cases, any services before a break period will stop being counted as qualifying service.

For service prior to 1 January 2000 to count towards qualifying service, it must be ‘continuous service’. This means that where an employee was not an eligible employee at any time during 2012, special transitional provisions apply in respect of service before 1 January 2012.