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Portable long service leave

New portable scheme for workers in the contract cleaning, security, and community services sectors.

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  • Information about the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 

Victoria’s new Portable Long Service Scheme

Portable long service leave makes it fairer and easier for Victorians working in community services, contract cleaning and security to access long service benefits.

From 1 July 2019, Victorians working in contract cleaning, security and community services can start building up long service benefits as part of the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018 (PDF).

From 1 January 2020, additional community services roles will be included in the Scheme as detailed in the Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2019 (PDF).

Employer registration

From 1 July 2019, businesses who employ workers in roles covered by the Portable Long Service Scheme must Register as an Employer with the Portable Long Service Authority.

This can be done online at the Portable Long Service Leave Authority website.

Worker registration

Workers will be registered by their Employers through Quarterly Return reporting which commences in October 2019. Workers will be sent a registration pack from the Authority with all of their membership details from November.

Quarterly returns

Employers must submit a Quarterly Return to the Authority, in October, January, April, and July each year. The first Quarterly Return will be submitted in October 2019.

The quarterly return will include information about:

  • all workers who have worked for the business during that quarter
  • the days they have worked during the quarter
  • the pay they received during the quarter.

The Quarterly Return calculates the contribution to be made by the employer and is based on each worker’s ordinary pay multiplied by the levy for their industry.

The Governing Board of the Portable Long Service Benefits Authority has determined the Employer Levy as follows:

  • 1.65% for community services
  • 1.80% for contract cleaning
  • 1.80% for security.

The employer contributions paid to the Authority for their workers are then invested by the Authority and will be used to pay workers when they make a claim for long service.

Assistance for employers and workers

The Authority will host a series of information sessions across Victoria throughout August, September and October, to provide detailed information about registration and reporting requirements.

For more information, please visit the Portable Long Service Leave Authority website, e-mail the Authority with your enquiry or call 1800 517 158.