50. Carer's Leave

50.1 Employees with responsibilities in relation to either members of their immediate family, or members of their household, who need their care and support will be entitled to three (3) days leave per calendar year (non cumulative) for absences to provide care and support for these persons when they are ill, injured or there is an unexpected emergency affecting their immediate family.  Employees who commence employment throughout the calendar year will be entitled to carer's leave on a pro-rata basis, according to their commencement date.

50.2 Use of Personal Leave

50.2.1 Where an employee has utilised the three (3) day carers leave per calendar year, an employee will be entitled to any personal leave entitlement for absences to provide care and support in relation to either members of their immediate family, or members of their household when these persons are ill, injured or there is an unexpected emergency affecting the member.

50.2.2 An employee will, if required, produce a medical certificate or statutory declaration stating the illness, injury or unexpected emergency.

50.2.3 Applications to use a period of personal leave of longer than three (3) days as carers leave, must be accompanied by a registered medical practitioner’s certificate stating the illness or injury of the person concerned.

50.2.4 The employee will, wherever practicable, give the University notice prior to the absence; of the intention to take leave, the name of the person requiring care and their relationship to the employee, the reasons for taking such leave and the estimated length of absence.

50.2.5 If it is not practicable for the employee to give prior notice of absence, the employee will notify their supervisor of such absence as soon as is practicable.

50.2.6 An employee may apply for Carer’s Leave in accordance with the procedures contained in Human Resources Policies and Procedures, and these procedures will not be changed without consultation with employees or the Unions through the Staff Consultative Committee.