02 September 2020Share
Parental leave is available to all ACU staff, and the Parental Leave Policy provides the range of paid and unpaid options for staff members who are welcoming a child, or who are the primary carer for a child. We also provide options for partners, for couples, and for those who wish to foster a child.
The policy explains the types of parental leave available to fixed-term, continuing, casual and sessional staff, as well as information regarding extended and further unpaid parental leave. Applying to return to work on a part-time basis or requesting a flexible working arrangement is also available to staff returning from parental leave.
The Parental Leave Policy helps support staff to balance their work and family commitments, and it provides information to staff members about their entitlement to parental leave, paid and unpaid. ACU provides generous paid parental leave entitlements, with the maximum entitlement of 12 weeks at full salary plus 40 weeks at 0.6 salary (depending on length of service).
The Parental Leave Policy explains the entitlements to leave outlined in the ACU Staff Enterprise Agreement, including staff eligibility for parental leave and details related to:
The Parental Leave Policy has recently been reviewed to incorporate the provisions of the ACU Staff Enterprise Agreement 2017-2021.
These changes include:
The application of parental leave when accessed as a member of a couple, specifically where it involves a partner who is employed by another employer (not ACU), is complex and there is specific information about the eligibility criteria and how it applies in Appendix 1 of the Parental Leave Policy.
All continuing and fixed-term staff members can apply for parental leave, which is the general term that covers leave associated with:
Parental leave is also available to:
You can apply for parental leave though Staff Connect. Before completing an application, you should read the Parental Leave Policy and discuss your parental leave plan with your nominated supervisor.
Your nominated supervisor is responsible for the overall implementation and operation of parental leave arrangements in your work area. You should discuss your leave plans with your supervisor before applying for leave in Staff Connect. Your supervisor should be your first point of contact about your leave entitlements.
HR can assist with any questions you may have regarding the Parental Leave Policy and your entitlements through Service Central. Once you have applied for leave, HR will also review your application and may ask you to provide additional supporting documentation. HR can also provide advice to you and your nominated supervisor, if needed, to help progress your request.