This is the sixteenth in a series of fact sheets to assist CSIRO union members better understand and enforce our rights at work.
The source of these rights is contained at clause 65 of the new CSIRO
Enterprise Agreement 2011-2014 (EA) which is attached at right.
What is my Miscellaneous leave entitlement?
Miscellaneous leave accrues at the rate of four days per year to a maximum of
15 days (17 for Alice Springs). The entitlement for part-time officers is
calculated on a pro-rata basis (clause 65a).
What is the purpose of Miscellaneous leave?
Miscellaneous leave is to provide flexibility to meet an officer’s personal
circumstances (65a). The granting of such leave is subject to the supervisor’s
discretion (65b) however a supervisor should not unreasonably refuse an
application and must provide reasons (65c). CSIRO may require documentary
evidence to support the request for leave (65d).
What are some examples of circumstances where it would be appropriate to have
paid Miscellaneous Leave granted?
Annual shut down (except where the officer is already on another form of
Moving from the officer’s normal place of residence
Emergency household matters/repairs
Emergency services activities
Remaining at home during flood, bushfire emergencies etc
Attending the birth of the officer’s partner
Attending to cultural or religious obligations including NAIDOC day and
observance of religious holidays which are not formally declared by CSIRO as
Assisting/chaperoning partners, dependants, extended family members or
close friends with legal or other personal matters (not covered by carer’s
Participation in unpaid voluntary and/or community work with public
benevolent institutions providing overseas and local aid
Attending court as a witness in a private capacity
Attending as a participant in international sporting events (65c)
Does Miscellaneous Leave cover compassionate leave?
No. Compassionate leave entitlements are separate and can be found at clause
66 of the EA (65e).
What should I do if I believe that I have unreasonably been refused
If you are a Staff Association member you can contact your workplace delegate
or organiser immediately for advice, and if necessary, representation.