Concurrent Parental Leave
If you want to take leave associated with the birth or adoption of a child but you are not taking the primary caring role for the child, you may be able to take concurrent parental leave.
You may be able to take concurrent parental leave while the child's other parent is:
- on maternity or extended parental leave
- at home with the child as primary carer.
All continuing and fixed term employees are entitled to concurrent parental leave.
Casual employees are not eligible for concurrent parental leave unless:
- they have been employed by Charles Sturt on a regular and systematic basis for at least 12 months
- they have a reasonable expectation of ongoing employment.
If you have special leave to credit, you can access up to 10 days’ paid concurrent parental leave. The remaining entitlement to concurrent parental leave is unpaid.
The maximum period of concurrent parental leave (paid and unpaid) is eight weeks.
Taking concurrent parental leave
You can begin concurrent parental leave from one week before your child's expected birth date. In the case of adoption, you can begin concurrent parental leave any time from the date of placement.
Configuration of paid leave
Paid leave in the form of special leave must be completed within three months of the date of birth or adoption, and can be taken in any configuration.
Configuration of unpaid leave
Unpaid leave must be completed within a year of the date of birth or adoption and taken in a minimum of two-week blocks.
You may be able to negotiate shorter periods, depending on the needs of your workplace.
Applying for concurrent parental leave
To apply for unpaid leave, complete the leave without pay form.
Your application needs to include evidence of your child’s date of birth or adoption.
Government-paid Dad and Partner Pay
If you're eligible and on unpaid leave, you may be able to receive Dad and Partner Pay in the first year after your child’s birth or adoption.
Find out more on the Dad and Partner Pay website.