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Stress leave and ill-health retirement

Myth :   I’ve been told that I need to access stress leave but I’m worried if I do this I will be ill-health retired.

Fact : There is no such thing as stress leave – only sick leave.

A medical certificate need only be produced when an absence is greater than three days or there is an identified pattern of absence, a conduct issue or a formal performance process in place.

All public servants can be ill-health retired if there is an extended period of sick leave, with little or no chance of recovery. This applies to all illnesses.

[Information updated 17 April 2014]