How much paid sick leave am I able to take as a GP registrar?

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For AGPT Registrars in community general practice:

The National Employment Standards provides for 10 days of paid personal/carer’s leave per year, accumulating from year to year if the employee remains in continuous service with the employer.

As per NTCER (clause 6.3), paid personal/carers (i.e. sick) leave can be taken in advance (see also Misunderstanding & Misconception #7).

This means you have 5 days available (in advance) for each 6 month term. Personal leave is paid at base-rate of pay (NTCER cl. 6.3).

On 13 August 2020, the High Court of Australia handed down a decision on how paid personal/carer’s leave is accrued and taken under the National Employment Standards (NES). This decision clarified that for part time employees paid personal/carer’s leave is accrued pro rata, based on ordinary hours worked. The NTCER provisions (cl.10.2) regarding pro-rata paid sick leave for part time registrars are consistent with the recent High Court decision.

For RVTS/PEP/GPE/Independent Pathway trainees:

Personal/carer’s leave entitlements (both paid and unpaid) will be dependent on the structure of your contract either as an employee or a sole trader.