Partner and paternity leave

Academic and general staff

Partner leave is available for staff who are not the primary care-giver of the child and may be taken in the period three months prior to and three months after the birth or placement of the child. Employees who are not the primary care-giver of the child will be entitled to 10 working days paid partner leave. Eligible casual employees are entitled to five working days unpaid partner leave.

If the partner is the primary care-giver of the child, in addition to the above leave period they will also be entitled to a further unbroken, unpaid, leave period of 50 weeks. Eligible casual employees are entitled to 51 weeks unpaid leave. This entitlement shall be reduced by any period of maternity or adoption leave taken by the other partner, and shall not be taken at the same time as maternity or adoption leave, except during the three weeks following the birth or placement of the child. A partner (other than a casual employee) may apply for additional unpaid partner leave. Subject to operational requirements, an additional period of up to 12 months unpaid leave will be granted. The employee may apply to return to work following from a period of parental leave on a part-time basis until the child reaches school age.

Where the employee's period of parental leave is 12 months or less, the employee is entitled to return to return to the position held immediately before taking parental leave. If the position no longer exists or the employee has been absent for a period longer than 12 months then the University will endeavour to employ him/her in a position of the same level and duties as the previous one.

TAFE teaching staff

A TAFE teaching employee who has completed 12 months service with Federation University Australia and who submits a statutory declaration stating that his spouse is pregnant or is an approved applicant to adopt a child is entitled to five days full pay. This leave must be taken during the period one week prior to the birth and six weeks after, or within six weeks of the adoption of the child.

In addition a TAFE teaching employee who submits a statutory declaration stating that he is the primary care giver of the child shall be entitled to 51 weeks of unpaid leave.

Eligible casual TAFE teaching staff employed by the University are entitled to up to 52 weeks unpaid leave.

On the conclusion of leave the employee is normally entitled to resume in a position as far as practicable similar to that held by the employee prior to leave.

The employee may request further unpaid leave (up to one year) and to return to work on a part-time basis until the child reaches school age. Currently there is no award provision for paid leave for a female whose partner is expecting the birth of their child or whose partner is to be the primary care-giver of an adopted child. Relevant entitlements that could be explored are miscellaneous leave; personal leave if the employee's partner is sick; annual leave or leave without pay.

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

How to apply for partner leave

  • Understand your partner leave entitlements and determine the best plan for your circumstances.
  • See links below and/or discuss your situation and plans confidentially with a HR Business Partner, ext. 9512 (ks.jones@federation.edu.au) and with your supervisor.
  • If you plan to take extended unpaid leave it would be useful to discuss this well in advance with your supervisor.
  • Provide a Statutory Declaration.
  • Log in to the Employee Self-Service (ESS) online system to submit your request.

Enterprise Agreement - EXTRACTS

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

Parental leave - Academic and General staff
Federation University Australia Union Collective Agreement (UCA) 2015-2018,
Academic and General Staff Employees
Link to: Clause 52 (pdf, 49kb)

Parental 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 27 (pdf, 16kb)

Paternity 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 30 (pdf, 13kb)