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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2011 Week 03 Hansard (Thursday, 31 March 2011) . . Page.. 1251 ..


Public service—annual leave(Question No 1491)

Mr Hanson asked the Minister for Health, upon notice, on 16 February 2011:

(1) What is the policy of the Department of Health as to the quantum of annual leave that staff can accumulate before being encouraged to take leave.

(2) Do staff lose annual leave entitlements if they do not take leave; if so, what are the policy rules that apply in that circumstance.

(3) What was the quantum of annual leave liability as at 31 December 2010 in both (a) hours and (b) dollars.

Ms Gallagher: I am advised that the answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) ACT Health’s policy and rules in relation to annual leave are outlined in the ACT Health General Enterprise Agreement 2010-2011, the ACT Public Sector Nursing and Midwifery Enterprise Agreement 2010-2011, and the ACT Public Sector Medical Practitioners Union Collective Agreement 2008-2011 available on the ACTPS Shared Services web site.

(2) Staff do not lose annual leave entitlements if they do not take leave.

(3) The quantum of annual leave liability as at 31 December 2010 is 1,039,293 hours which equates to $63,879,541 Note: given that substantial holiday leave is taken in January of each year, these amounts would be likely be considerably lower by the end of February 2011.

Public service—annual leave(Question No 1500)

Mr Coe asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 16 February 2011:

(1) What is the policy of the Department of Territory and Municipal Services as to the quantum of annual leave that staff can accumulate before being encouraged to take leave.

(2) Do staff lose annual leave entitlements if they do not take leave; if so, what are the policy rules that apply in that circumstance.

(3) What was the quantum of annual leave liability as at 31 December 2010 in both (a) hours and (b) dollars.

Mr Stanhope: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) The Department of Territory and Municipal Services’ Enterprise Agreement states that employees and their managers must agree and implement leave management plans once their accumulated annual leave exceeds eight weeks.


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