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I moved to Australia have been one year. Many guys here get a holiday of 3, 6 or 12 months.

How it works. I'm Brazilian and in Brazil is normal to take one month off. In Portugal when I lived is normal get some days of holiday but never more then one month.

I think isn't the time to ask my boss about a big holiday. But I wanna know how it works.

If I lost the job, or I just don't receive my salary at I back.

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This might be better on Workplace.SE? –  Mark Mayo Feb 5 at 7:03
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3, 6 or 12 monts of "holiday" is most definitely not normal paid vacation anywhere except in extreme circumstances (a brother of a friend of mine recently had a 3 month vacation after having almost none the 2 years before due to a quickly growing business). There are basically 3 ways to get a multi-month holiday:

  • A sabbattical leave is something employers offer as an employee retention measure, usually it's unpaid leave but with a guarantee that you'll get the same job when you come back.
  • Between jobs. If you want to switch jobs, have the money and are certain that you can find a new job easily, you just leave your current one, go on holiday and look for a new one when you come back (or maybe you already have it with a contract starting in a few months).
  • Be self-employed. When and how long you go on vacation is completely your own decision, you just have to be reasonably sure that finding clients won't be too hard afterwards.
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It is normal in Australia to be entitled to 4 weeks of annual leave after you have worked for the same company full time for one year. You can then negotiate a time to take this leave with your boss.

If you have worked for less than a year, generally you are entitled to no leave. However, your boss may allow you to access some of the leave. e.g. after 6 months they may allow you to take 2 weeks of leave.

Ultimately this should be stated in your employment contract or the award under which you are employed.

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