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5.6.12 Purpose

Guidance

In the total workforce system, the following arrangements apply.

  1. Permanent service may be described as service in Service category 6 or 7.

  2. Reserve service may be described as service in Service category 3, 4 or 5. A member on Service option C is not on Reserve service.

How does Defence maternity leave interact with the Government's Paid Parental Leave scheme?

Guidance
  1. The Government's Paid Parental Leave scheme is separate from Defence's maternity leave provisions as contained in Defence's Pay and Conditions Manual.

  2. Receipt of Parental Leave Pay does not affect access or eligibility for Defence's maternity leave provisions. Parental Leave Pay can be received while a member is on any type of leave (paid or unpaid) or a break in training for Reservists.

  3. The Paid Parental Leave scheme is run by the Family Assistance Office who are able to provide information and assistance on how the Paid Parental Leave scheme works. The Family Assistance Office will process the claim and assess if a parent is eligible to receive Parental Leave Pay.

    Contact information:
    Family Assistance Office: www.familyassist.gov.au
    Family Assistance Office – Government's Paid Parental Leave Hotline: 13 61 50

5.6.13 Leave entitlement

5.6.14 Paid maternity leave

5.6.15 Maternity leave at half pay

5.6.16 Member on Reserve service

5.6.17 Second period of maternity leave

5.6.18 Access to other leave

Guidance

Example: A member may make up a 52-week period of absence in this way.

Leave example
Start of required absence   End of 52 weeks
      Paid maternity leave
14 weeks
Long service leave
12 weeks
Unpaid maternity leave
24 weeks
Recreation leave
2 weeks
     

Non-example: The non-example below is not an acceptable alternative. This is because paid maternity leave must be the first 14 weeks of the maternity leave absence.

Leave non-example
Start of required absence   End of 52 weeks
      Recreation leave
2 weeks
Paid maternity leave
14 weeks
Long service leave
12 weeks
Unpaid maternity leave
24 weeks
     

5.6.19 Effect of unpaid maternity leave

Guidance

Long service leave does not accrue for any period of unpaid maternity leave more than three months.

5.6.20 Resuming duty

Guidance

Members are advised to make any decision to return to work early based on medical advice.

Guidance

See: Division 3 section 5.6.27, Resuming duty during the required absence.

5.6.21 Resuming leave

Examples

Guidance

These examples set out some maternity leave scenarios.

Note: Example 4 is allowable but is unusual and would rarely occur.

Example 1:

Example 1
Start required absence Birth or termination End required absence End 52 weeks
  6 weeks 6 weeks 2 weeks 38 weeks  
  Paid maternity leave Paid maternity leave Unpaid maternity leave  

Example 2:

Example 2
Birth or termination End required absence End 52 weeks  
  6 weeks 8 weeks 38 weeks  
  Paid maternity leave Unpaid maternity leave  

Example 3:

Example 3
Start required absence Birth or termination End required absence   Member has permission to resume
  5 weeks 6 weeks 3 weeks 12 weeks  
  Paid maternity leave Paid maternity leave Unpaid maternity leave  

Example 4:

Example 4
Start required absence Birth or termination Return to work
(with medical certificates and CDF approval)
On leave (various) to end of 52 weeks
  2 weeks 2 weeks 3 weeks 10 weeks 4 weeks 31 weeks  
  Paid maternity leave Paid maternity leave Work Paid maternity leave Recreation leave Unpaid maternity leave  

Example 5:

Example 5
Start required absence Birth or termination End required absence End 52 weeks
  6 weeks 6 weeks 2 weeks 33 weeks 5 weeks  
  Paid maternity leave Paid maternity leave Unpaid maternity leave Recreation leave  

Example 6:

Example 6
Start required absence Birth or termination End required absence End 52 weeks
  6 weeks 2 weeks 4 weeks 8 weeks 32 weeks  
  Paid maternity leave Paid maternity leave Half pay maternity leave Unpaid maternity leave  

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