Premier & Cabinet

Department of Premier and Cabinet Circular

C2020-12 Managing Accrued Recreation Leave Balances


This Circular advises of the ongoing requirement for managing accrued recreation leave. All reasonable attempts should be made by agency heads to ensure accrued employee recreation leave balances are kept to a maximum of 30 days or less.

Detailed Outline

Treasury Circular TC14-11 required agency heads to reduce accrued employee recreation leave balances over a three year period to 30 days or less by 30 June 2015.

Agency heads are now required to manage employee recreation leave balances within the current 30 day limit on an ongoing basis. In doing so, agency heads must take into account obligations in relevant industrial instruments and legislation and should make use of provisions which provide for:

  • directions to take leave

  • permit the cashing out of additional leave; and

  • place restrictions on access to flex leave.

Agencies are reminded that annual recreation leave is an entitlement provided for ongoing and temporary employees to enable a period of rest and recreation away from the work environment every year. Taking regular periods of leave enables employees to maintain their physical and mental well-being and positively impacts on productivity in the workplace.

From 1 July 2019 Industrial Relations became the responsibility of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. This Circular replaces TC16-03. The content remains unchanged.


Who needs to know and/or comply with this?

Executive agencies related to Departments
Separate agencies
State Owned Corporations
Statutory Authorities/Bodies
Subsidiaries of the NSW Government established under the Corporations Act



AR Details

Date Issued
Apr 9, 2020
Review Date
Mar 1, 2024
Replaced By


Contact us
02 9228 5555
Publishing Entity
Department of Premier and Cabinet
Issuing Entity
Department of Premier and Cabinet