At a bare minimum, you can take up to 12 months unpaid parental leave if you have worked for your company for at least 12 months prior to the placement of an adopted child under 16 years old.
You can also take up to 2 days unpaid pre-adoption leave to attend interviews and meetings connected with the adoption.
Adoption leave generally does not apply to a stepchild or a child who has lived with you for a period of 6 months or more.
The above is the bare minimum that is available to all Australian employees who are eligible for parental leave.
FSU members have worked together to secure better entitlements to parental leave for adoption in some companies. Your entitlement to parental and adoption leave is set out in your Enterprise Agreement, your company’s parental leave policy and the National Employment Standards.
This page contains general information. If you would like specific advice on your circumstances, please contact FSU on 1300 366 378.
Authorised By: Julia Angrisano, National Secretary