In Australia, whether or not you accrue annual leave while on maternity leave depends on the terms of your employment contract and your employer's policies.
The Fair Work Act 2009 does not specifically address annual leave accrual during maternity leave, so it's essential to check your employment agreement or consult with your employer's HR department to understand your specific entitlements.
Some employers may allow employees to continue accruing annual leave while on maternity leave, while others may not. It often depends on your employment conditions and the company's policies.
It's also worth noting that the government provides parental leave payments to eligible employees under the Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme, which is separate from annual leave. The PPL scheme provides financial support to eligible parents during their unpaid parental leave, but it does not affect the accrual of annual leave.
To get precise information about your annual leave accrual while on maternity leave, you should consult your employment contract and communicate with your employer or HR department for clarification on your specific situation.
If your interested in learning more about your leave entitlements, click the button below to read our article on whether your employer can force you to take annual leave.
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