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8.11 Sick Leave
A person may access their civilian leave entitlements (i.e. sick or recreation/holiday leave) as a result of their accepted condition. The use of this leave entitlement may be compensated.
The AE of the person will be equal to their gross earnings minus the value of the leave taken as a result of the accepted condition (i.e. the earnings from accessing the leave is excluded from AE). The hours of paid leave should also be excluded from calculations. There must be medical evidence to substantiate the person’s claim that the leave was due to the accepted condition.
If a person accesses sick leave for a condition for any other non-accepted condition, the earnings and hours of that leave continue to be held in calculations.
This policy also applies to those former members who are working in the Public Service. Any concern that removing the paid leave from gross earnings in order to calculate AE will result in a 'doubling up' of Government payments is misplaced. The Commonwealth does not pay for the leave taken by this person. Rather, the person pays for this leave by making use of their leave entitlement. By taking the leave for an accepted condition, the person is unable to use this leave for anything else.