Paid annual leave is one of the 10 minimum entitlements of Australian workers under the National Employment Standards.
All full-time workers are guaranteed a minimum of 4 weeks paid annual leave. If you’re a shift worker you may be entitled to 5 weeks.
Annual leave accrues gradually throughout the year. You’re entitled to accrue annual leave from the day you start work, regardless of employment probation periods.
By law, any unused leave rolls over from year to year.
You don’t accrue annual leave when you’re on unpaid leave.
First let’s go through some numbers we will need.
Yes, you accumulate less than half an hour of annual leave per day. Depressing, isn’t it? Let’s call this the accumulation rate.
Two formulas give us your annual leave entitlement in hours and days.
Hours accumulated = Calendar days employed × Accumulation rateDays accumulated = Calendar days employed × Accumulation rate / 7.6
Let’s say you’ve worked hard for 9 months and need some time off. All you have to do is plug in the numbers.
9 months is around 274 calendar days (yes, we counted)
274 days × 0.416438356 = 114 hours accumulated274 days × 0.416438356 / 7.6 = 15 days accumulated
If you work part-time, you need to adjust the accumulation rate like this.
0.416438356 × Average days worked per week / 5
For example, if you work 3 days per week your accumulation rate is calculated as follows.
0.416438356 × 3 / 5 = 0.2498630136
Now you’ve got the hang of the formulas, you might be tempted to fire up Excel and create a spreadsheet. Hold that thought…
We created Bindle to solve all the problems you hit when you try to manage Annual Leave using email and spreadsheets.
Bindle gives your staff self-service access to Annual Leave information and shows when everyone’s off in the calendar program you already use. Check it out.
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