Who is considered immediate family for bereavement leave

A family member’s death may necessitate time away from work. Employees may take up to three working days off as paid leave if a family member dies. Spouse, son, daughter, mother, father, mother-in-law, father-in-law, sister, brother, grandparent, or grandchild are all considered members of the family. This policy would also apply to stepparents, stepsiblings, and stepchildren.

Immediate family

An employee’s immediate family includes their:

  • spouse or former spouse
  • de facto partner or former de facto partner
  • child
  • parent
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • sibling.

Immediate family also includes:

  • the immediate family of the employee’s spouse or de facto partner (or former spouse or de facto partner)
  • step-relations (for example, step-parent and step-child)
  • adoptive relations.

Employees can take compassionate leave for other relatives (for example, cousins, aunts and uncles) if they are a member of the employee’s household or if their employer agrees.