Councillors, Mayors and Shire Presidents Leave or Voluntary Community Activities Leave

The Department acknowledges that the duties of office as municipal councillor, mayor or shire president and other community activities are of a public nature and have significance to the State of Victoria.

Municipal Council

Employees who are elected as Municipal Councillors will be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up to three hours per fortnight to attend council meetings during their term in office or, where special occasions arise, six hours per month.

Employees who are elected as Mayors and Shire/Municipality Presidents will be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up to three hours per week to attend council meetings during their term in office or, where special occasions arise, six hours per fortnight.

Employees who are the spouse of a mayor or shire president may be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up to four hours per month to attend official functions.

Employees attending meetings of water authorities may be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up three hours per fortnight. However, if the employee is also a municipal councillor, mayor or shire president, any absence is within the arrangements set out above. 

Committee of Management

Employees who are elected as Chair or President of a committee of management of a community organisation may be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up to three hours per week to fulfil their official functions during their term in office or, where special occasions arise, six hours per fortnight.

Employees who are elected as a Committee Member of a committee of management of a community organisation may be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up to three hours per fortnight, or where special occasions arise, six hours per month.

Member of Parliament

Provisions relating to employees contesting a State or Federal election can be accessed on the Contesting an election topic on HRWeb (see below under Related Topics).

 Employees who are spouses of Members of Parliament will be granted leave of absence with pay for periods of up to four hours per month to attend official functions associated with their spouses' duties.

Government Officer

Employees who are spouses of senior officers of a state or commonwealth department or statutory authority may be granted leave without pay to accompany the officer on official duties.

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