Employees, including casual employees, are entitled to 2 days of compassionate leave when a member of their immediate family dies or suffers a life-threatening illness or injury.

The leave can be taken as a single 2-day period, 2 separate days, or any separate periods that the employer and employee agree on. It does not accumulate and can be taken when needed.

You need to give your employer notice as soon as you can and let them know how much leave you're expecting to take. You may need to provide evidence such as a death or funeral notice if your employer requests it.

If you're a full or part-time employee you receive paid compassionate leave. If you're a casual employee your leave is unpaid.

For more information visit the Fair Work Ombudsman.

Last updated: 22 June 2022