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 52 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  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 will be entitled to ten working days paid partner leave, or ten working days unpaid partner leave in the case of an eligible casual employee, to be taken during the period three months prior to and three months after the birth or placement of the child. For fractional or part-time employees, the paid portion of the leave will be paid at the appropriate fractional rate of pay.

In addition a TAFE teaching employee that is the primary care-giver of the child, the employee will be entitled to a further unbroken period of unpaid leave in addition to the above of 50 weeks.

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.

A TAFE teaching employee (other than a casual employee) may apply to their supervisor for additional unpaid partner leave. Subject to operational requirements, an additional period of up to twelve months unpaid leave will be granted. Also they can apply to return to work on a part-time basis until the child reaches school age. 

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 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)