Compassionate and bereavement leave

Academic and general/professional staff

Academic and general/professional staff are entitled to a period of up to three days paid compassionate leave for each occasion to spend time with a member of their immediate family or household who contracts or develops a personal illness or sustains a personal injury that poses a serious threat to his or her life; or after the death of a member of the employee's immediate family or household.

An employee may add an additional two days paid leave, providing for up to a total leave period of five days compassionate leave, by using the additional leave referred to in clause 54.2 of the Federation University Australia Union Collective Agreement (UCA) 2015-2018, Academic and General Staff Employees.

TAFE teachers

TAFE teachers are entitled to up to three days paid bereavement leave on each occasion of the death of either a member of the employee's immediate family or household.

Additional leave may be granted in circumstances where the University considers the leave inadequate.

For detailed information on leave entitlements and conditions for different staff categories please click on the relevant link/s below.

How to apply for bereavement/compassionate leave

  • Fully understand your bereavement leave entitlements and options.
  • See links below and/or discuss your situation and plans confidentially with Human Resources and/or with your supervisor.
  • Log in to the Employee Self-Service (ESS) online system to submit your request (remember to state the relationship of the person to you).
  • If you need an extension of bereavement leave, please submit your request in writing to Human Resources, with written approval from your Executive Dean/Director or PVC (or DVC/COO or VC where applicable).

Enterprise Agreement - Extracts

Links to detailed information on leave entitlements and conditions relevant to bereavement leave for different staff categories:

Compassionate leave - Academic and General staff
Federation University Australia Union Collective Agreement (UCA) 2015-2018,
Academic and General Staff Employees
Link to: Clause 54 (pdf, 28kb)

Bereavement leave - TAFE teaching staff
Victorian TAFE Teaching Staff Multi-Business Agreement (MBA) 2009
Schedule 6 - TAFE Teachers' Conditions of Employment (Victoria) Award 2002 (AP816514)
Link to: Clause 23 (pdf, 13kb)

Please note the 'provisions/entitlements' above do not apply to casual or sessional staff members.