As an incentive for years of work, Australian workers are eligible for long service leave. This incentive for longevity in a workplace is highly regarded by most employees.
What is long service leave?
Generally, Australian employees are entitled to long service leave, which is in addition to their annual leave, after 10 years of service. The average period of leave is 2 calendar months (eight and two-third weeks) to be compensated at full wage. Long service leave can be taken at anytime after the specified period and the employee is eligible to be paid out for any time not taken when they leave their place of employment.
Despite the minimum requirements for long service leave (10 years service and 2 months pay), the conditions may vary per employer and depending on the relevant State or Territory.
What are long service leave entitlements in Australia?
The long service entitlements per state are as follows:
• Australian Capital Territory: 7 years and the employee gets 6.066 weeks paid leave.
• New South Wales: 10 years and the employee gets 2 months paid leave.
• Northern Territory: 10 years and the employee gets 13 weeks paid leave.
• Queensland: 10 years and the employee gets 8.6667 weeks paid leave.
• South Australia: 10 years and the employee gets 13 weeks paid leave.
• Tasmania: 15 years and the employee gets 13 weeks paid leave and 8.6667 every 10 years following.
• Victoria: 10 years and the employee gets 8.6667 weeks paid leave.
• Western Australia: 10 years and the employee gets 8.6667 weeks paid leave.
There are several industries within Australia that have adopted their own long service leave policies that also honour the laws and regulations of their state’s set minimum requirements. Teaching, contract services, mining and the public sector maintain leave policies that transfer long service leave entitlements when moving roles or companies within the same industry in the same state. This entitlement is referred to as portable long service leave and it is a large incentive for industry stability.
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