The main types of leave are available to Ministers are:
- Annual Leave (Access FAQs here)
- Study Leave (Access FAQs here)
- Sick Leave (Access FAQs here)
- Maternity Leave (Access FAQs here) and;
- Long Leave (Access FAQs here).
Leave entitlements are accrued pro-rata for part time placements.
Management of annual, study, maternity and sick leave entitlements is the responsibility of the responsible entity. If your Congregation’s payroll is run by the Synod’s Payroll Bureau Service, these entitlements can be managed by them. These entitlements are not transferable between placements or other Synods.
Long Leave accruals and balances are managed centrally by the Synod via the Ministers Support Fund and are transferable between placements and other Synods.
Further information is available from the Guidelines for the Remuneration in Specified Ministries.
Under the By-Laws, Ministers are entitled to two calendar months of Long Leave after completing 10 years of service plus an additional one month per five years of service thereafter. An additional year of entitlement is added in recognition of the three years of study at the Uniting Theological College.
Ministers must apply to their Appointing Body who will then advise Presbytery. The Long Leave Application form is available from here.
Once an application has been approved, payments will be processed to the responsible body by the Synod’s HR Manager. The Ministers Support Fund will reimburse the Congregation for the stipend component of the long leave, at the minimum stipend rate as outlined in the Stipend and Allowances Information Table.
Ministers are paid as normal by the Congregation whilst on long leave except for travel (mileage) reimbursement.
In addition, 10% of the value of the long leave stipend component is paid to the minister as a ‘gift’. This amount is included in the reimbursement from Synod to the Congregation via the Ministers Support Fund and is subject to taxation.
Detailed terms and conditions in regards to Long Leave are available in the Guidelines for the Remuneration in Specified Ministries and the By-Laws (S12).
Ministers are entitled to up to six calendar months of Sick Leave in any year of service as specified under the By-Laws. Ministers must apply to their Appointing Body.
The Ministers Support Fund may financially assist a Congregation to reimburse the cost of supply after one month of Sick Leave has been paid, up to a maximum of five months (six months in total). This assistance is normally the stipend component plus travel costs of the supply minister. Once an application has been approved, reimbursement can be arranged through the Synod’s HR Manager.
Detailed terms and conditions in regards to Sick Leave are available in the Guidelines for the Remuneration in Specified Ministries.