Frequently asked questions about Portable Long Service Leave.
If you pay all six invoices issued in a financial year, you will be credited with 260 service days.
Every 200 service days you record equals one week of leave. So if you record the maximum 260 service days in one financial year, you will accrue 1.3 weeks of leave.
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We cannot give you advice on the deductibility or otherwise of the contributions and encourage you to seek independent tax advice. Generally speaking as the contributions are paid on behalf of a Working Director (who is an employee) a tax deduction may be applicable.
To make a claim, please log in to the Worker Portal and fill in the form online. Please allow us a couple of weeks to process your payment and deposit the payment into your bank account.
Payment for the weeks of leave accrued as an employee will be paid at a weekly rate of pay. If you have had service recorded as a worker within the last 12 months the weekly rate will be determined by averaging your weekly earnings within the 12 months before you claim. If you have not had service recorded for 12 months you will be paid an average industry rate (calculated using the weekly pay of workers in your classification of work who received a long service leave payment in the preceding financial year).
Payment for the weeks of leave accrued as a Working Director are calculated from the contributions paid into the scheme plus the accrued interest. Please note the interest component is only payable if you have accrued more than 2,600 service days.
Yes, tax will be withheld from both the weeks of leave accrued as an employee and as a working director. If you are paid interest, tax will not be withheld, however the interest amount is taxable income and will appear on your PAYG payment summary for inclusion in your tax return.
We hope you can take a break to relax and recharge, but if you need to Working Directors can work during their period of leave.
You can stop recording service days with this scheme for up to 2 years (if you have less than 1,300 service days) or up to 3 years (if you have more than 1,300 service days but less than 1,820 service days). If you do not record service within this timeframe, your service days will be cancelled. You may apply for payment of the working director contributions paid into the scheme, but you will not receive payment for the weeks of leave accrued as an employee.
If you are working in the construction industry you will need contact the portable long service scheme in that State or Territory to check that you can be registered. Information regarding interstate service can be viewed here.
If they are performing building, electrical or metal work, you can add them as a new worker through the Employer Portal on the Workers page.
Yes, each year you will be able to login to view a service statement that shows the number of service days accrued and your current leave entitlement, as well as a statement showing the payments made into the Working Director scheme.