Management of Accrued Leave Policy

Applicable to: All Health Service Providers

Description: The Management of Accrued Leave Policy (Policy) details the responsibilities of the Chief Executives of Health Service Providers, managers and employees in relation to matters concerning the reduction of Accrued Leave.

The Policy provides leave management strategies to better enable employees to take leave and reduce Leave Liability. Leave Liability is a significant concern due to the potential impact on employee wellbeing and productivity, and the correlating increase in financial liability which has a direct impact on the cost of delivering health services.

In accordance with the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS), Public Sector Labour Relations Policy Statement – Management of Accrued Leave in the Public Sector (DMIRS Policy Statement) employees should be encouraged to take leave before it becomes Excess Leave.

The Policy aligns with the DMIRS Policy Statement and details leave management strategies to facilitate employees to take their Accrued Leave entitlements within a reasonable time, before it becomes Excess Leave and in accordance with provisions of relevant Industrial Instruments.

For the purposes of the Policy, leave management applies to Annual Leave, Long Service Leave, Accrued Days Off, Rostered Days Off and Time Off In Lieu.

This Policy is a mandatory requirement under the Employment Policy Framework pursuant to section 26(2)(f) of the Health Services Act 2016.

Date of effect: 22 November 2018

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