Annual leave

Annual leave is a minimum entitlement for all permanent employees in Western Australia. Annual leave is an entitlement to take paid time off work and is sometimes called “holiday pay” or “recreation leave”. All permanent employees in Western Australia are entitled to at least 4 weeks of annual leave for each year worked. Your annual leave builds up over each year and carries over from one year to the next.

If you’re a part-time employee, you are entitled to a proportionate amount of annual leave based on how many hours you work. This is sometimes called “pro rata”. For example, if you work 3 days a week, you’re still entitled to 4 weeks of annual leave but each week of annual leave is 3 days’ long. So, if you work 7.5 hours a day, this means you’re entitled to 90 hours of annual leave each year.

There are rules on when you can and can’t take annual leave and rules on whether your employer can direct you to take annual leave. For more information, see our fact sheet Minimum conditions at work.