Carer's leave gives a member leave to care for and support their dependants when they are sick or injured, or affected by an unexpected emergency.
Note: An unexpected emergency under this Division only relates to the care or support of a dependant. For other emergency situations, assistance may be provided under Chapter 8 Part 5.
See: Chapter 8 Part 5, Emergency Support for Families Scheme
A member may be granted carer's leave by a supervisor in their direct chain of command. The supervisor must be at one of these ranks or higher.
Warrant Officer Class 2.
Carer's leave may be granted to a member in any of the following circumstances.
Note: A member with dependants (unaccompanied) may be granted carer's leave for any of the circumstances under this subsection. This recognises that the member would live with their family but for the temporary separation from their dependants.
See also: Chapter 9 Part 3 Division 4, Reunion travel for members
The member is to provide direct care and support to a sick or injured dependant who lives with them, and who they normally look after.
Example 1: A member lives with their child. The child gets sick and needs to be looked after. The member may be granted carer's leave.
Example 2: A member's partner has a planned surgical procedure, such as a caesarean section, and requires care and support at home after the operation. The member may be granted carer's leave.
Example 3: A member's partner has emergency surgery. The member may be granted carer's leave.
The member provides direct care and support to a dependant who lives with them because another resident dependant, who would normally look after that dependant, is sick or injured.
Example: A member lives with their spouse and baby. The member's spouse or partner usually looks after the baby while the member works. If the spouse is sick the member may be granted carer's leave to look after the baby.
The member provides direct care and support to a dependant who lives with them, and who they normally look after, when the dependant is affected by an unexpected emergency.
Example: A member has a three year old child who is usually looked after by a babysitter. The baby-sitter has called in sick and the member is unable to make suitable arrangements for childcare for the day. The member may be granted carer's leave to care for his child.
Non-example: A member has a six year old child in school. The school has a scheduled pupil-free day for teacher professional development. As the member had notice of the pupil-free day and it is not unexpected, carer's leave is not granted for this day.
These conditions apply to a grant of carer's leave.
A member may be granted up to 10 working days of carer's leave in a leave year.
Only days that would otherwise be duty count towards the 10 days.
Leave may be taken in broken periods.
Example: A member's child is too sick for school from Friday until Tuesday morning. The member usually works Mondays to Fridays. The member uses two days of carer's leave to care for the child on Friday and Monday. The member still has another eight days of carer's leave for later in the leave year, should the member need it.
Documentary evidence must be provided to support any application for a period of carer's leave that is longer than three consecutive working days, for the circumstances under paragraph 2.a or 2.b.
Example: Medical certificate.
The member's supervisor may request supporting documents for a period of carer's leave of less than the three days to confirm that the use of the carer's leave is consistent with the circumstances for which it was granted.
Carer's leave for an unexpected emergency under paragraph 2.c, may only be granted for a maximum of two days for each occurrence.
The following positions may grant a member a period of additional carer's leave, if the member has already been granted 10 days of carer's leave in the leave year.
Director General Navy People.
Director General Personnel – Army.
Director General Personnel – Air Force.
When making the decision under subsection 4, the decision maker must consider the following matters.
Whether the member has another form of paid leave available to them.
Example: Recreation leave.
The availability of other care which the member may use.
Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.
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