Q&A: Medical issues at work for WA employees

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There are two systems of employment law in Western Australia: a state system and a national system. While this information resource is suitable for both state system employees and national system employees, it will help you to know which system of employment law you are covered by. If you are unsure, please see our publication: “Q&A: State or national for WA employees”.


Quick Summary

Medical issues can have an impact on your employment. Employees can request time off work when they are not feeling well.

Employees (except casuals) are entitled to paid personal leave when they are unable to work because of an illness/injury. A full time employee is entitled to 10 days of paid personal leave, and part time employees are entitled to a pro-rata amount based on the amount of hours they work.

There are protections in place for people who are dismissed/face another type of bad treatment because of a medical issue. However, if you are unable to do the basic requirements of your job from a prolonged period of time – your employer may be able to use this to defend a legal claim.