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The agreement should outline the actual
sick leave to which the Head is entitled
and whether that sick leave is cumulative.
The contract must comply with the
minimum entitlements, which are set for
the relevant State or Territory.
Subject to the reasonable discretion of
the Governing Body, the Head will be
given such paid sick leave as is required.
The School has the right to terminate a
Head's appointment for incapacity. In
this circumstance periods of paid sick
leave are often made referable to the
relevant terms of any superannuation,
insurance or salary continuance scheme
which applied to the Head.
This provision should outline the amount
of annual leave to which the Head is
entitled. It should also state whether the
Head is entitled to accrue annual leave.
The Head is entitled to [number] weeks
paid recreation leave for each completed
year of service or an equivalent period on
a pro rata basis for part of a year's service.
The sections of a Contract relating
to leave are also important. All leave
entitlements need to be set out clearly so
as to avoid misunderstanding.
Provision of annual leave for Heads
varies enormously. Some Heads' contracts
provide four weeks only. Others provide
five or six -- in recognition of the fact that
in many schools Heads devote significant
weekend time in term time to school duties.
Generally the annual leave provision is
set out in the recruitment information
provided by schools.
Regardless of the provision, it is a good
thing for Heads if their annual leave is
allowed to accumulate, as relatively few
Heads actually manage to take all the
annual leave to which they are entitled.
Long Service Leave
Each State and Territory provides
minimum standards in relation to long
service leave. Despite this, the contract
should specify the Head's long service
The Head will receive an entitlement
to long service leave on terms no less
favourable than the entitlement received
by full time teachers at the School.
This wording provides a clear and equitable
basis for the taking of Long Service Leave.
The practices for Schools vary widely.
However, it is usual in schools for the
Head to be granted a period of three to
six months sabbatical/study leave every
five years for the purpose of studying
developments in education and for
other purposes. Often the approach to
Sabbatical/Study Leave will depend on
what recourse a Head has had to leave
entitlements, past workloads and many
other individual circumstances. The
parties' approach to Sabbatical/Study
Leave may be expected to fall within the
range between such leave being a right, to
it being an expectation subject to further
specific agreement. Also variable, will
be the range of activities a Head may
participate in during the period of leave.
For each five years of service or as
otherwise agreed between the School
and the Head, the Head will be granted
study leave for an agreed period of not
less than three months for the purpose of
giving proper and considered attention
to the development of primary and
secondary education in Australia and
overseas or for Sabbatical and related
purposes or both (as the case may be).
Where a Head travels for this purpose,
the School will often pay the fares of
the Head and his or her spouse and will
contribute an agreed proportion of the
costs of accommodation of the Head and
his or her spouse.
The Head will continue to receive his or
her salary and benefits during the leave.
Any superannuation contributions
required to be made in respect of the
Head will continue.
The Head of the School will be at liberty
to initiate discussions at any time during
the Head's employment by the School
concerning the possibility of the Head
taking Sabbatical/Study Leave and, if so,
on what terms.
A School Board committed to the ongoing
professional growth and development of
its Head will make suitable provision for
study leave to enable the Head to spend
connected and worthwhile time on his or
her own personal research and reading,
as well as for attendance at national and
international conferences and visiting
other schools in other states and overseas.
Most AHISA schools provide for a term's
leave after each five years of service.
There is wide variety in the uses to
which Boards allow this leave to be
applied. What is important again is that
the prospective new Head clarify the
provision of study leave and its purposes.
Family Care Leave
It is possible for the contract to include
provisions entitling the Head to use sick
leave to deal with family illness.
Teachers industrial agreements typically
specify how Carers' leave is taken and
calculated. The Head's contract should
provide for carers' leave in the same way.
The contract may specify other types
of leave to which the Head is entitled.
Such leave should be specified in the
contract rather than left on some form of
"understanding" between the Head and
The Governing Body may grant leave
to the Head for other purposes pursuant
to a request, on such conditions as it
This is a useful provision and worth
seeking in a Contract.
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