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Compassionate Leave


Policy Scope

Councils of Synod: Employees as defined here>

Location/site: All locations of the Councils of Synod as defined here>

Congregations: Are encouraged to adopt/adapt this policy for their work environments for employees as defined here> 

Policy Statement

All Uniting Church SA employees (excluding *casuals) are entitled to paid Compassionate Leave as prescribed by the relevant Award or as determined by the National Employment Standards of the Fair Work Act 2009.

*Casual employees are entitled to unpaid Compassionate Leave.

Eligible employees will be entitled to up to two (2) days paid leave in a single continuous two (2) day period; two (2) separate periods of one (1) day each; or any other separate periods to which is agreed with employees and management for each permissible occasion when a member of an employee’s immediate family or household (that is, spouse, domestic partner, parent, parent-in-law, sister or brother, child or step-child, grandparent, or any dependent person):

  • contracts or develops a personal illness that poses a serious threat to his or her life; or
  • sustains a personal injury that poses a serious threat to his or her life, or
  • dies


  • must advise their manager/supervisor as soon as possible of a need to take Compassionate Leave, and
  • may be required to produce suitable evidence for the requirement to take and be paid for Compassionate Leave. Suitable evidence may be in the form of a death notice or statutory declaration in accordance with the applicable Award.  Failure to provide suitable evidence may result in non-payment of Compassionate Leave. 

Additional paid days leave may be taken from other types of leave with manager/supervisor approval.

All applications for Compassionate Leave must be made on the appropriate Leave Application Form and must be approved by the appropriate manager/supervisor and lodged by employees on their return to work.

Payment for Compassionate Leave will be made at the base rate of pay for ordinary hours of work in the period. Compassionate Leave does not accumulate if not taken.


National Employment Standards of the Fair Work Act 2009

Executive Officer, Resources

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