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Community service leave

Last updated March 2020

This chapter explains your obligations when your employees are entitled to community service leave under relevant legislation.

What is community service leave?

Definition: Community Service Leave

Community service leave is an entitlement to be absent from employment when engaging in an eligible community service activity.

Eligible community service activities include:

  • a voluntary emergency management activity;
  • jury service, including attendance for jury selection; and
  • an activity that is of a community service nature prescribed by regulations (as at January 2020, the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth) (FW Regulations) has not prescribed an activity).