(a) Full-Time staff members will be entitled to 145 hours (20 days for each 12 months of continuous paid service). Part time staff members will be entitled to pro-rata the full time rate.

(b) Full-Time staff members on three continuous shifts per day over a period of seven days per week will be entitled to 181 hours 15 minutes (25 days) for each 12 months of continuous paid service. Part time staff members will be entitled to pro-rata the full time rate.

(c) Casual staff members have no entitlement to Recreation Leave.

(d) It is expected that all Recreation Leave is taken within 12 months of accrual.

(e) Subject to operational requirements, and as far as reasonably practicable, Recreation Leave should be taken at a time which is convenient to the staff member.

(f) Cashing out of Recreation Leave

i. A staff member may apply to cash out their Recreation Leave at any time, provided that after the cash out the staff member will have at least four weeks Recreation Leave remaining.

ii. Any agreement to cash out Recreation Leave must be in in writing between the staff member and the University.

iii. The staff member will be paid at least the full amount that the staff member would have been paid if the staff member had decided to take the Recreation Leave instead of cash it out, including where applicable leave loading.

(g) Direction to take Recreation Leave

i. Before a direction is made to take Recreation Leave a staff member may accrue leave up to 290 hours (40 days) for full-time staff and 362.5 hours (50 days) for shift workers. Recreation Leave in excess of 290 hours (40 days) for full-time staff and 362.5 hours (50 days) for shift workers will be considered as Excess Recreation Leave for the purposes of this clause.

ii. The University may direct a staff member with Excess Recreation Leave, to take Recreation Leave as follows:

– accrual of 60 days or more, up to 30 days Recreation Leave;

– accrual of 50 to 60 days, up to 25 days Recreation Leave;

– accrual of 40 to 50 days, up to 20 days Recreation Leave.

iii. Where the University directs a staff member to take Recreation Leave, the supervisor will:

– discuss the timing of the Recreation Leave with the staff member allowing the staff member, subject to operational requirements, an opportunity to take an appropriate amount of Recreation Leave at a time convenient to the staff member;

– allow the staff member to take Recreation Leave in one or more blocks if the staff member wishes to do so; and

– provide the staff member with reasonable notice of the Recreation Leave to be taken.

iv. Where no application for cash out of Recreation Leave is received by the University, Recreation Leave directed to be taken will be regarded as having been taken in accordance with that direction, except where a staff member applies to cancel the Recreation Leave and approval is granted.

(h) Recreation Leave Loading for all staff will equate to 17.5% of ordinary salary except where shift and penalty payments would be greater with a maximum payment equal to the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ average weekly total earnings of all males (Australia) for the quarter preceding the date of accrual.