(a) Parental Leave is leave (paid and unpaid) associated with the birth or adoption of a child and includes:

i. Maternity Leave;

ii. Adoption Leave;

iii. Primary Caregiver Leave; and

iv. Partner Leave.

(b) Eligible staff are entitled to unpaid Parental Leave pursuant to the Fair Work Act and/or University policy and procedure.

(c) Fixed term or continuing staff who have completed 12 months of continuous service with the University will be entitled to either:

i. 26 weeks Paid Maternity Leave when the staff member gives birth to a child and is the primary caregiver of the child; or

ii. 26 weeks Paid Adoption Leave when the staff member will be the primary caregiver of an adopted child, where:

– the child is less than five years of age; and

– the child has not lived continuously with the staff member for a period of 6 months or more at the day of placement (or anticipated day of placement) of the child; and

– the child is not the child of the staff member’s partner

or

iii. 14 weeks Paid Primary Caregiver Leave in relation to the birth of a child or the adoption of a child under the age of five (where the child has not lived continuously with the staff member for a period of 6 months or more at the day of placement or anticipated day of placement and is not the child of the staff member’s partner) when:

– the staff member is not eligible to access Paid Maternity or Paid Adoption Leave; and

– the staff member will be the primary caregiver for the child.

(d) Paid Maternity Leave, Paid Adoption Leave or Paid Primary Caregiver Leave must commence on the same date and be taken simultaneously with any unpaid Parental Leave entitlement in accordance with the Fair Work Act and relevant University policy and procedure.

(e) Payment for Paid Maternity Leave, Paid Adoption Leave or Paid Primary Caregiver Leave will be determined by averaging the staff member’s worked service fraction for the 12 months prior to the commencement of the Paid Maternity Leave, Paid Adoption Leave or Paid Primary Caregiver Leave.

(f) Partner Leave

i. Full-time staff members who are not primary care givers but share the parenting responsibilities are entitled to two weeks paid leave in any 12 consecutive months of employment. Part-time staff are entitled to pro-rata the full-time rate.

ii. Partner Leave entitlements must be taken in the period one week before and six weeks after the date of birth or date of placement for adoption of the child and can be taken in separate periods of at least one day at a time.

(g) Pre-natal leave

i. A staff member who has a confirmed pregnancy is entitled to up to 36.25 hours paid leave to attend appointment(s) directly related to her pregnancy.

ii. The staff member may be required to provide medical certificate(s) or a statutory declaration confirming her pregnancy and attendance at the appointment(s).

(h) Early termination of pregnancy

i. Where the pregnancy of a staff member terminates within 28 weeks of the expected birth of the child, otherwise than by the birth of a living child, the staff member may use accrued Compassionate Leave and Personal Leave as recommended to be taken by a registered medical practitioner.

ii. The staff member will further be entitled to unpaid Special Leave for the period recommended by a registered medical practitioner certifies as being necessary.