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Long Service Leave: What Entitlements Do You Have in Your State and Territory?

When an employee has worked with a company for a long period of time, they may accumulate additional paid time off in accordance with the number of years they have continuously worked with the company.

How much long service leave you receive, and whether or not you receive it, will depend on what state or territory you are working in. It will also depend on the state of your employment, as some territories and states do not grant long service leave to casual employees. If you work across multiple territories, your long service leave will be determined by the jurisdiction you are employed in.

Differences in Long Service Leave by State/Territory

  • New South Wales
    • Applies for full-time, part-time, and casual employees
    • After 10 years of service, employees earn two months of long service leave
  • Victoria
    • Applies for full-time, part-time, casual, seasonal and fixed-term agreements
    • May be taken after 7 years of service
    • Equal to total number of weeks of employment divided by 60
  • Queensland
    • Applies to full-time, part-time and casual employees (other than those covered by QLeave)
    • After 10 years of service, 2 months of leave may be taken. An additional month of leave may be taken for each consecutive 5 years of service after that
  • South Australia
    • Applies to full-time, part-time, and casual employees, though leave is calculated differently for each
    • Part-time and casual employees earn long service leave based on working hours throughout years of service
    • Full time employees earn 13 weeks of long service leave after 10 years of continuous service
    • Each year, 1.3 additional weeks are added for full-time employees
  • Western Australia
    • Applies to full-time, part-time, and casual employees
    • After 10 years of service, 2 months of leave may be taken. An additional month of leave may be taken for each consecutive 5 years of service after that
  • Northern Territory
    • Applies to full-time, part-time, and casual employees
    • Full time employees earn 13 weeks of long service leave after 10 years of continuous service. After that, 6.5 weeks are added for every consecutive 5 years of service
  • Australian Capital Territory
    • Applies to full-time, part-time, and casual employees
    • After 7 years of continuous service, employees earn 6.0667 weeks of paid long service leave. After that, ⅕ of one month is added per year of continuous service
  • Tasmania
    • Applies to full-time, part-time, and casual employees, as well as apprentices and trainees
    • After 10 years of service, 2 months of leave may be taken. An additional month of leave may be taken for each consecutive 5 years of service after that

If you have any questions or concerns about long service leave, please don’t hesitate to contact us or if you are a ServoPro member speak with HR Central at our free HR Helpdesk to talk through this or any staff related issues.