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The term parental leave is used collectively throughout the National Employment Standards (NES) and Fair Work Act 2009 to cover maternity, paternity and adoption leave and covers leave which is related to the birth or adoption of a child. 

The NES provide unpaid parental leave as a minimum entitlement for all employees, including long term casual employees who have a reasonable expectation of continuing employment on a regular and systematic basis.
An employee who takes an initial 12 months of unpaid parental leave may request an extension of unpaid parental leave for a further period of up to 12 months immediately following the end of their initial 12 months of unpaid parental leave. 

A request for an extension of unpaid parental leave must be made in writing and provided to the employer at least 4 weeks before the end of the employee’s initial 12 months of unpaid parental leave.

Employees wishing to request an extension of unpaid parental leave can use this form. A template 'Parental Leave Extension (beyond initial 12 months) Confirmation Letter' is also available for employers to use when confirming an employee extension of unpaid parental leave. 

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