Leave without pay
You are eligible for employer contributions for the time you are on:
- parental leave (as defined in the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Act 1987)
- study leave without pay (with your employer’s permission)
- other leave without pay recognised by your employer as being in the interests of Police or your career development.
However, you must first make up the member contributions you’ve missed. If you do, Police will contribute a lump sum amount to cover the employer contributions that would have been made while you were on leave. If you only make up some of the contributions you’ve missed, you will receive employer contributions based on that amount.
You can make catch-up contributions as regular contributions from your pay when you return to work. You must:
- begin paying these contributions within 1 year of returning to work
- complete payments within 2 years of returning to work.
We cannot accept catch-up contributions after this time. However, on your return, you can pay at a higher rate than your usual fortnightly contributions to the scheme in order to repay the amount in a shorter timeframe. You can also change your contributions at any time if you need to. You can arrange catch-up contributions by completing the Leave without pay form.
If you prefer, you can pay the contributions you would have paid during your absence as regular payments while you’re away. You need to arrange this before you go on leave. The amount and frequency of contributions must be the same as you were paying immediately before going on leave. You can’t alter the contribution amount but you can stop payments at any time. If you do decide to stop payments, you can still make catch-up payments on your return to work. Contact your Payroll Officer if this is your preferred option.
Any contributions paid while you were on leave must be paid direct to Mercer, the scheme's administration manager.
If you are granted leave on reduced pay, your contributions and employer contributions will be assessed on your reduced salary during that period.
If you are granted leave without pay and your situation does not fall into any of the categories outlined above, you may choose to continue to contribute to the scheme, but Police will not make employer contributions.
Sign in to your account and change your work email address to a personal one before you go on leave. We can then notify you when your annual account statement is available to view online. You’ll also continue to receive our member newsletter 2 Minutes on Super.