Can I take annual leave while on workers compensation?

Whether you can take annual leave while on workers' compensation depends on the specific laws and regulations in your relevant state or territory and the policies of your employer. In many cases, it is possible but there are a few important considerations to keep in mind.

Employer policies

Review your company's policies and your employment contract. Some employers may allow you to take annual leave while on workers' compensation, while others may have specific rules or restrictions.


You will likely need to get approval from your employer. They may require you to use your annual leave before receiving workers' compensation benefits or coordinate it in some way.

Impact on benefits

The laws and regulations governing workers' compensation vary by state or territory, so it's important to understand how your benefits may be affected.


Be sure to report your annual leave to both your employer and the workers' compensation insurance provider. Failure to do so could have legal and financial consequences.

Medical certification

In some cases, you may need medical certification from your doctor to support your request, especially if you have not fully recovered.

Consult with legal or HR

If you have questions or concerns, it's a good idea to consult with your company's HR department or legal counsel. They can provide guidance specific to your situation.

It's essential to understand the rules and regulations in your specific area and communicate with your employer to ensure that you comply with all applicable laws and company policies. Taking leave while on workers' compensation can be a complex matter, and it's important to handle it correctly to avoid any potential issues or complications, so it's advisable to consult the Fair Work Commission for the most up-to-date and accurate information.

Additionally, to learn more about Australia's employment guidelines, click the button below to read our article on national employment standards.

Can I take annual leave while on workers compensation?

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