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When can I take adoption leave?

You must start your leave on the date that you have specified in the notice to your employer. The notice can be verbal or given in writing, but the employer can request that it is given in writing, and it is often best to do this in order to avoid any confusion at a later date. Your leave can start on:

  • the day the child is expected to be placed with you; or
  • a specific number of days after the child has been placed with you; or
  • on a pre-determined date.

You are allowed to change your mind about the date you begin your leave period. In these circumstances your leave will begin on the date that you specified in the final notice you gave your employer.

If you find that you are at work on the day you specified your leave to begin, then your adoption leave period will begin on the day after that.