Making a claim

Start planning now to enjoy your long service leave.

Ready to apply for your portable leave?

When can I apply?

You can apply to take long service leave once you have recorded more than 2,600 service days (equivalent to 10 years full time employment). We will let you know when this happens, but you can check how close you are at any point by logging in to see the number of service days you have recorded.

How many weeks of leave can I take?

You don't have to take it all at once though, it just needs to be taken in whole weeks and in minimum 2 week periods. Once you have accrued your 13 weeks leave, it doesn't end there. For each year you work thereafter, you will receive a further 1.3 weeks of leave.

How do I apply?

When you're ready to take leave, simply download our application form and get ready to enjoy some much deserved rest and relaxation. If an employer currently has you registered, or you have been registered within the last 12 months, they will need to complete Part 2 of the application form.

How much will I be paid?

 

Weekly rate of pay calculation

Taxation

Registered within the last 12 months

An average of your ordinary weekly earnings (this includes casual loading, tool allowance, industry allowance and leading hand allowance but excludes overtime and other allowances)

Tax will be withheld in accordance with the Australian Taxation Office PAYG withholding weekly tax tables

Have not been registered for more than 12 months

 An average industry rate (calculated from the average weekly pay of workers in your classification of work, who took long service leave in the financial year before your claim)

Tax will be withheld in accordance with the Australian Taxation Office PAYG withholding weekly tax tables

Once the payment has been processed, a PAYG payment summary will be posted to you for inclusion in your tax return.

When will I be paid?

We will pay you in advance for your whole period of leave.  Payments can take a couple of weeks to process so to make sure you get paid on time, please apply at least two weeks before starting leave. (Note that this processing time is subject to your application being completed in full, and if required, information requested from your employer or an interstate scheme is provided promptly).

Can I work while on long service leave?

No, long service leave is your time to take a break from work, relax and recharge, so you are unable to work while on long service leave. Penalties apply. If you urgently need to return to work, please contact us so we can assist you.

What happens if a public holiday falls within my period of leave?

We will pay you as a long service leave day. Your employer will not pay you for the public holiday. 

Do I accrue service days while on leave? 

When you take long service leave, we credit you with the applicable service days for the period of your leave. For example, if you take 13 weeks leave, you will be credited with 65 service days. This means that while you are on long service leave you are accruing an entitlement towards your next period of leave. 

Can I extend my long service leave?

Yes, you may extend your leave. The minimum period is 1 week. You will need to complete a new application form

Making a claim due to leave the industry

When can I apply?

If you have accrued more than 1,820 service days (equivalent to 7 years full time employment) and will not be performing building, electrical or metal work as an employee for a minimum period of 12 months you will be eligible to claim a payment.  

It is important to note that if you have not accrued 2,600 service days, you are claiming a pro-rata payment which will break your service for long service leave purposes. This means you will need to accrue a further 1,820 days service before you qualify for any further benefit from the scheme. 

How do I apply?

Please complete an application form. If an employer currently has you registered, or you have been registered within the last 12 months, they will need to complete Part 2 of the application form.

How much will I be paid?

You will be paid the monetary equivalent of the weeks of leave you have accrued at the time you ceased employment. To work out how many weeks of leave you have available, login and divide the current service days by 200.

 

Weekly rate of pay calculation

Taxation

Registered within the last 12 months

An average of your ordinary weekly earnings (this includes casual loading, tool allowance, industry allowance and leading hand allowance but excludes overtime and other allowances)

Tax will be withheld in accordance with the Australian Taxation Office tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment

Have not been registered for more than 12 months

 An average industry rate (calculated from the average weekly pay of workers in your classification of work, who took long service leave in the financial year before your claim)

Tax will be withheld in accordance with the Australian Taxation Office tax table for unused leave payments on termination of employment

Once the payment has been processed, a PAYG payment summary will be posted to you for inclusion in your tax return.

When will I be paid?

Please allow us a couple of weeks to process your payment and deposit the payment into your bank account. (Note that this processing time is subject to your application being completed in full, and if required, information requested from your employer or an interstate scheme is provided promptly).

Deceased Estates

If a worker passes away, the executor or administrator can claim the entitlement on behalf of the estate. In order for us to make payment, please complete the Application for Payment of Long Service Leave to a Deceased Estate form.