This KYR applies to the CSA Collective Agreement 2008 - 2011
CPSU members in CSA have reported feeling confused about the difference
between planned and unplanned leave. There have been instances where
been made to take Flex or Annual leave for the purposes of attending
appointments as this is deemed to be a ‘planned’ event. This is
The Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has
clear definitions available to all departments in the APS -
Child Support Agency - which outline which type of leave should be taken
certain circumstances and how to define it.
In order to help clear up any confusion, here are the different types of
leave available to you and how they are categorised.
Is leave that is planned or approved in advance, and is provided to give
employees regular breaks from work and opportunities to balance work and
personal life commitments. These include:
Long service Leave
Parental/supporting partner leave
Sabbatical/career interval leave
Miscellaneous, including graduation, jury duty, defence reserve.
Is an absence from work in recognition of circumstances that arise
unexpectedly or irregularly, making it difficult to plan, approve or
in advance, and which is inclusive of planned medical appointments.
Sick Leave - an absence resulting from an employee being too sick
injured to work or to undergo medical procedures.
Specific types of miscellaneous leave - i.e. bereavement, household
You should never be directed to use your flex or annual leave in order
attend medical appointments, except in the case that your sick leave
entitlements have been exhausted.
What about medical certificates?
The CSA Agency Agreement states you may access up to 7 days per
without the need to produce a medical certificate. (not more than 3
consecutive days without certification)
Requests for medical certificates in advance are both inappropriate
may require your medical practitioner to act against AMA guidelines.
Your doctor does not have to include details of the diagnosis on
You have the right to keep the details of your medical condition
What about planned medical treatment?
If you know in advance that you will be having medical treatment
absence from work it is appropriate to tell your supervisor when you
be off work. However, you are not required to disclose the nature of the
treatment or the condition unless you choose to. The requirements for
of a medical certificate are the same for this type of sick leave as
for the unexpected absences. The Australian Medical Association "Medical
Certificate Guidelines" do not provide for the issuing of certificates
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