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Division 2: Compassionate leave

5.9.8 Purpose

Compassionate leave gives a member leave when their close relative is seriously ill, very seriously ill or dies.

5.9.9 Definitions

These definitions apply in this Division.

Definitions
Item Term Definition in this Division
1. Close relative Any of the following people:
  1. The member's parent, brother, sister, child, dependant or spouse.
  2. The parent or child of the member's spouse.
  3. The parent or child of the member's partner.
  4. If the member's spouse or partner is also a member, a dependant of the member's spouse or partner.
  5. Any other person approved by the CDF as a close relative of any of these people.
    1. The member.
    2. The member's spouse or partner.
  6. In making a decision under paragraph e the CDF must consider the following.
    1. Any kinship obligations or child-rearing practices of the member's traditional culture.
    2. Any other relevant factor.
2. Serious illness Means the same as item 1 of the table in section 1.3.72.
See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.72, Serious illness
3. Very serious illness Means the same as in section 1.3.78.
See: Chapter 1 Part 3 Division 1 section 1.3.78, Very serious illness

Persons who can make the decision under section 5.9.9, definition of close relative, paragraph e, on behalf of the CDF:
Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

5.9.10 Compassionate leave

  1. The CDF may grant up to five days of compassionate leave in a leave year, for any of these situations.

    1. A close relative has died.

    2. A close relative is seriously ill.

    3. A close relative is very seriously ill.

    Persons who can make the decision under section 5.9.10.1 on behalf of the CDF:
    Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

  2. These conditions apply to a grant of compassionate leave.

    1. Only days that would otherwise be duty count towards the five days.

    2. Leave may be taken in broken periods.

      Example: A member's mother-in-law dies. The member chooses to take three days of leave to travel and attend the funeral. Later in the same leave year the member's sister is very seriously ill. The member may be granted no more than two days of compassionate leave.

  3. The CDF may grant additional compassionate leave to a member. The CDF must consider these factors.

    1. The member's circumstances.

    2. The reasons the member gives for their request.

    Example 1: A member may need to travel to get to a remote area.

    Example 2: A member's mother-in-law dies. The member chooses to take three days of leave to travel and attend the funeral. Later in the same leave year the member's sister is very seriously ill. She is in hospital in a remote area. The member is granted seven days of compassionate leave to travel to the sister and be with her.

  4. Persons who can make the decision under section 5.9.10.3 on behalf of the CDF:
    Commanding Officer, independent sub-unit commander or supervisor not below MAJ(E)/APS 6 of the member in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.



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