New laws for long service leave

27 Jun 19

The Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 has been passed by Parliament and will come into operation by 1 July 2019.

Under the new laws, workers in the contract cleaning, security and community services sectors will be able to access long service entitlements after seven years in the industry, irrespective of the number of employers they work for over that time.

Businesses in these industries will be required to register and provide a quarterly report to a new Portable Long Service Benefits Authority. The scheme will also be funded by a levy paid by these employers.

The rate of the levy will be set by the Authority’s Governing Board once it is appointed. Employees in the community services sector will receive a payment instead of leave.

As this is a portable scheme, workers will be able to move from employer to employer without losing their accrued entitlement, provided they stay within the industry. This legislation is in response to a Parliamentary Committee that recommended a portable long service leave scheme and follows the successful operation of portable long service leave in the construction industry for the last 30 years.

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