Pre-Natal Arrangements

Pre-Natal Arrangements

Approving Authority:
Vice-Chancellor's Advisory Committee
Date of Approval:
14 March 2001
Last Amended:
Sept. 2011
Contact Officer:
Industrial Relations Advisory Unit

The University is committed to supporting employees to balance their employment and their family responsibilities. Examples of existing policy include parental leave and carer's leave. This policy aims to complement these family friendly work practices, by providing the opportunity for staff to access paid sick leave to attend pre-natal requirements. The University's enterprise agreements already provides an entitlement to leave for employees to attend compulsory interviews or examination as part of the adoption procedure.

  • It is expected that in most circumstances employees will arrange pre-natal classes outside work hours.
  • An employee who is expecting the birth of a child, or an employee whose partner is expecting the birth of a child, is entitled to use up to 21 hours of available sick leave to attend pre-natal appointments such as ultrasounds and other related medical appointments.
  • Prior to any pre-natal related absence, the employee shall give three days notice to the relevant supervisor advising of the intention to take leave, the reason for taking such leave and the estimated length of absence. An absence should normally not exceed one day.
  • If pre-natal absences in excess of 21 hours is required, the employee must use other forms of leave, such as annual leave, or to take accrued flex-time or time off in lieu of overtime.
  • Applications for leave to attend pre-natal appointments should be made as sick leave with an appropriate note indicating that the absence was due to pre-natal requirements.