Changes to unpaid parental leave


Under the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (VIC), any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months’ of unpaid parental leave will count as service, and no amount of parental leave will break continuity of service. For more information, please contact Anna Pannuzzo on 0419 533 434 or visit WorkPlacePLUS.com.au

On 26 November 2020, the Fair Work Act was amended to include new unpaid parental leave entitlements for employees who experience traumatic events during or ahead of their unpaid parental leave. This includes:

  • stillbirth

  • premature birth, or

  • death of a child.

The changes also enable all eligible parents to access up to 30 days of their unpaid parental leave flexibly, complementing similar changes that were made to the Paid Parental Leave scheme in July 2020.


These changes to unpaid parental leave came into effect on 27 November 2020. This means these provisions only apply to a child who is born, or whose placement happens, on or after 27 November 2020.


Read more about these new unpaid leave entitlements on the Fair Work website >



The article below on Changes to Victorian Long Service Leave was published 13 June 2018


The Victorian Government has announced that key changes to long service leave entitlements will go into effect on 1st November 2018.

Under the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (VIC) the minimum requirement of continuous employment to be eligible for long service leave has been reduced from ten years to seven years, and employees will be entitled to take their leave one day at a time.

A significant change in the Act will benefit parents, particularly women, who are currently disadvantaged by taking parental leave, thereby breaking continuity of employment. Under the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 (VIC), any period of paid parental leave and up to 12 months’ of unpaid parental leave will count as service, and no amount of parental leave will break continuity of service.

Employers who fail to pay long service leave will also face increased penalties. It is important that employers audit their long service leave records, update their payroll systems and train their managers to comply with these legislative changes.

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