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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 

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

For the first time, workers in the contract cleaning, security and community services sectors will be able to access long service entitlements, even if their employer changes. 

Businesses who employ workers who perform work covered by the scheme will be required to register and provide a quarterly report to a new Portable Long Service Benefits Authority. Employers must also register their workers for the scheme. The scheme will be funded by a levy to be paid by employers. The rate of the levy will be set by the Authority's Governing Board. An announcement on the levy rate is expected shortly.

Workers in the security and contract cleaning industries will be entitled to leave based on 1/60th of their accrued service, after seven years continuous service. Workers in the community services sector will receive a payment instead of leave, based on the same formula.

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. As workers in this scheme are still entitled to accrue service for the purposes of the Long Service Leave Act, the Portability Act has arrangements to prevent double-dipping – that is, a worker cannot benefit from entitlements under two schemes for the same period worked. 

Draft Regulations consultation

The commencement and operation of the portable long service benefits scheme will be supported by the introduction of Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations. The draft regulations cover a range of matters including double-dipping in the community services sector, and also clarify what is meant by community services work.

Industrial Relations Victoria invites feedback on the draft regulations from interested stakeholders.

All documentation for consultation is available at www.engage.vic.gov.au/portable-long-service-benefits-scheme-draft-regulations or you can e-mail your submission to irv.info@dpc.vic.gov.au

Submission close at 5:00pm on 31 May 2019. Emails must be no greater than 25 MB in size. Late submissions will not be considered.

For more information about Portable Long Service, visit www.vic.gov.au/portable-long-service

Need further assistance?

Looking for further assistance and advice about long service leave? Email Wage Inspectorate Victoria or call 1800 287 287.

We value your opinion

We welcome any feedback, comments or suggestions you might like to share with us.

If you own, are looking to purchase, or start a small business with under 20 employees, you may be eligible for our Long Service Leave Small Business Information Service (LSLSBIS).

LSLSBIS offers one-on-one information and advice regarding your responsibilities under the Victoria Long Service Leave Act.

To access this program, contact Wage Inspectorate Victoria by giving them a call on 1800 287 287 or send them an email.