Compassionate 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 the Federation University Australia Union Enterprise Agreement (UEA) 2019-2021, sub-clause 54.2.

TAFE teachers

TAFE teachers are entitled to up to three days paid compassionate leave on each occasion of illness or 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 compassionate leave

  • Fully understand your compassionate 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 compassionate leave for different staff categories:

Compassionate leave - Academic and General staff
Federation University Australia Union Enterprise Agreement (UEA) 2019-2021,
Academic and General Staff Employees
Link to: Clause 54 (pdf, 14kb)

Compassionate leave - TAFE teaching staff
Federation University Australia TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2019
Link to: Clause 37 (pdf, 10kb)

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