Annual leave, also known as holiday pay, allows you to be paid while you are on leave from work. Annual leave became commonplace in 1970 after a hard-fought union movement. Full-time employees are entitled to four weeks’ annual leave. If you work part-time you are entitled to equal pay, equal to how many hours you work each week. Depending on the award or agreement that covers your area of work, you may be entitled to more than four weeks. For example, full-time employees usually have the right to receive at least five weeks. Let’s know more about annual leave in Australia
How the annual holiday piles up
Annual leave accumulates from the day you start work, even if you are on probation. It also collects when you’re:
- In some paid form
- Doing community service
- In the work of a judge
However, annual leave does not accumulate while you are:
- In the Government’s Paid Government Program
- Unpaid leave – unless you are doing community service
- At the end of the year, any unused vacation you have will continue into the next year. If you leave your job and are still on annual leave, you are entitled to be paid.
Taking annual leave
You have the right to take such an annual leave as you have accumulated. There is no down payment and you can take it as fast as you like, including while you are on trial.You have the freedom to choose how you will take your annual vacation. You can choose to take your day off or take one long vacation. Limit only the number of leave you have saved.
Most employers require you to submit an application before taking annual leave. You and your employer must agree on how much time you will spend on vacation each year. However, your employer may reject your application only if he or she indicates a good reason for doing so.
Some prize and business agreements give you additional options for taking annual leave, such as taking a vacation in advance or taking it out.Public holidays or other days planned to fall while you are on annual leave are not counted as part of your vacation. You get these days differently than usual.
In some cases your employer may require you to take leave, such as overtime, or if your workplace is forced to close. In most cases, however, it is your decision when you take a break.
Pay while on annual leave
You must be paid at least the amount you pay during your annual leave, with no additional payments such as grants, penalties and overtime. This includes if your leave is paid.
Many awards and business agreements require your employer to pay you to leave the upload, an extra percentage above your earning rate. This is usually 17.5% or your weekend payout rate – whichever is higher.Your employer is legally required to provide deductions for leave on your pay line, as well as to indicate how much you have earned.