Foster parent leave

Academic and general staff

Academic and general staff (other than a casual employee) are entitled to foster parent leave. From the time that the child enters their care, if the employee is acting as the primary carer of a foster child on a long-term placement, they will be entitled to three weeks leave on full pay or six weeks leave on half pay if the child is younger than five, or two weeks leave on full pay or four weeks leave on half pay if the child is older than five.

TAFE teaching staff

TAFE teaching staff are entitled to foster parent leave. From the time that the child enters their care, an employee (other than a casual employee) acting as the primary carer of a foster child on a long-term placement will be entitled to three weeks leave on full pay or six weeks leave on half pay if the child is younger than five; or two weeks leave on full pay or four weeks leave on half pay if the child is older than five.

How to apply for foster parent leave

  • Fully understand your own foster parent leave entitlements, appropriate options and notification timelines, and decide on a plan that best suits your circumstances.
  • Read UCA clause 52.5 (extract below) AND/OR discuss your situation and plans confidentially with the Coordinator, HR ext. 9367 (r.brehaut@federation.edu.au) AND/OR with your supervisor.
  • Give at least 4 weeks notice in writing of when you wish commence foster parent leave.
  • Provide documentation that substantiates your foster parent status.
  • Complete and submit an Employee Leave Form (docx, 105kb) and submit it with documentation that substantiates your foster parent status and a Letter of Request.

Enterprise agreement - Extracts

Links to detailed information on leave entitlements and conditions relevant to foster parent leave:

Parental leave - Academic and General staff
Federation University Australia Union Enterprise Agreement 2019–2021,
Academic and General Staff Employees
Link to: Clause 52 (pdf, 44kb)

Parental leave - TAFE teaching staff
Federation University Australia TAFE Teaching Staff Agreement 2019
Link to: Clause 38 (pdf, 34kb)