Compassionate leave gives a member leave when their close relative is seriously ill, very seriously ill or dies.
These definitions apply in this Division.
|Item||Term||Definition in this Division|
|1.||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
|2.||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
The CDF may grant up to five days of compassionate leave, for any of these situations.
A close relative has died.
A close relative is seriously ill.
A close relative is very seriously ill.
Note: Compassionate leave does not have to be granted for the period immediately following a close relative’s death. For example, social distancing restrictions due to COVID-19 may mean a member is unable to attend a close relative’s funeral. Compassionate leave may be granted for the member to attend the close relative’s memorial service after the restrictions are lifted.
Persons who can make the decision under section 188.8.131.52 on behalf of the CDF:
Supervisor not below WO2(E)/APS 4, in the member's direct chain of command or supervision.
These conditions apply to a grant of compassionate leave.
Only days that would otherwise be duty count towards the five days.
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 financial year the member's sister is very seriously ill. The member may be granted no more than two days of compassionate leave.
The CDF may grant additional compassionate leave to a member. The CDF must consider these factors.
The member's circumstances.
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 financial 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.
Persons who can make the decision under section 184.108.40.206 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.