Annual leave (also known as holiday pay) allows an employee to be paid while having time off from work.
The entitlement to annual leave comes from the National Employment Standards (NES).
Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements can’t offer less than the NES but they can give more annual leave.
Who is entitled to annual leave?
All employees (except for casual employees) get paid annual leave.
How much annual leave does an employee get?
Full-time and part-time employees get 4 weeks of annual leave, based on their ordinary hours of work.
Example: annual leave for part-time employees
John is a part-time employee who works 20 hours per week for a year.
During one year, she will accumulate 80 hours of annual leave (the equivalent of 4 weeks work for her).
Shiftworkers may get up to 5 weeks of annual leave per year.