Further information

Annual report

Students on maternity or parental leave are still required to lodge an annual report.


Forms

You do not need to apply to take annual leave of four weeks or less, if taken within Australia, but you do need to notify your school and supervisor.

If you intend to travel overseas, you are required to notify the Graduate Research and Scholarships Office.

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Types of leave:

If you are in receipt of an award or scholarship, discuss all applications for leave exceeding four weeks with a scholarships officer.

If you are applying for a travel award, you will automatically be considered to have applied for leave. Any period of leave will be included in the total period of candidature.

Maternity leave

You can apply for up to a year's leave to give birth and look after your newborn baby. This can be granted in addition to the one-year suspension allowed during your term of candidature.

Leave of up to one year will also be given for any subsequent pregnancies.

Scholarship holders

Scholarship holders should refer to the specific conditions of their award for more information.

Paid maternity leave is not available to scholarship holders in the first year of candidature or to international research scholarship students.

International students

International students may take unpaid maternity leave if they give birth to a child within the tenure of the scholarship. Unpaid maternity leave must be accessed through suspension provisions.

Consult the scholarships website for more information.

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Parental and paternity leave

If you are the primary carer of a child or children, you may apply for up to a year's leave during your candidature to look after them.

Parental leave will result in a formal suspension of candidature.

If you take parental leave, you will not normally be eligible for maternity leave.

Scholarship holders

Paid parental leave is not available for scholarship holders, but you may be eligible for five days paid paternity leave if your partner is giving birth.

Paid paternity leave is not available to scholarship holders in the first year of candidature or to international research scholarship students.

Consult the scholarships website for more information.

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Overseas leave and travel

You are required to advise the Graduate Research School if you intend to travel overseas to attend conferences, conduct research or take annual leave.

If you are receiving a scholarship, your application for paid overseas leave must be approved by the Scholarships Committee.

Approval to conduct research outside Australia will only be granted where the research is essential for completion of your degree. If you do not obtain approval, your scholarship may be suspended.

Consult the University's Travel Insurance Policy before booking overseas leave, particularly where any period of overseas leave is not related to your research.

To inform the Graduate Research School of your overseas travel plans, use the Overseas Travel form.

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Sick leave

If you are receiving a scholarship, you may take up to two weeks' paid sick leave each year.

For medically-substantiated periods of illness lasting longer than two weeks, you may receive up to three months' paid sick leave. This is additional to the normal duration of the award, subject to the conditions governing your scholarships award.

Periods of sick leave longer than three months may be accessed through the suspension provisions. Sick leave will result in the recording of a suspension on your academic record.

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