Can I Take Annual Leave While on Workers Compensation?

A question we often hear is “can I take annual leave while on workers compensation”. The answer is yes, you can take annual leave, personal leave, and long service leave while you’re on workers compensation in QLD. In this article we break down some of the main FAQs around leave and holidays when you’re on workers comp.

Can You Travel Overseas While on Workers Compensation?

Yes, you can travel overseas while you’re receiving workers compensation, provided that you clear it first with your medical treatment providers and your claims manager at WorkCover—just like you would if you were still actively working. Keep in mind that while you’re away for a long period of time, you will still need to keep on top of your required claim paperwork. If you’re not sure whether there is anything you’ll need to do while overseas, talk it through with your lawyer or WorkCover.

What About Maternal and Parental Leave?

All employees in Australia are entitled to 12 months of unpaid parental leave and can request up to 12 months of additional leave. Even if you are on workers compensation you can request parental leave if you have worked for your employer for at least 12 months.

Do You Get Paid for Public Holidays on Workers Compensation?

No, unfortunately employees are not entitled to public holidays while on workers compensation in Queensland (and most Australian States).

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