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Changes to portable long service leave in ACT

Leave entitlementsJuly 4, 2016

Changes to portable long service leave in ACT (Last Updated On: August 9, 2016)

Aged care and waste management workers in the ACT are now eligible for portable long service leave.

From 1 July 2016, the ACT portable long service leave provisions are being extended to cover workers in aged care and waste management, bringing the entitlements of workers in these sectors in line with the entitlements of workers in contract cleaning, construction, security services and community service agencies.

The portable long service leave scheme allows workers to accrue ‘service’ for the purposes of long service leave whilst moving from employer to employer within the applicable industry. All workers in the ACT employed by an aged care employer (ie all residential aged care and community aged care workers) will now be eligible for portable long service leave, as well as garbage collectors and sorters at specific waste management facilities.

Employers impacted by this change will need to register with the ACT Long Service Leave Authority within one month and submit quarterly returns, along with the payment of a levy.

Any entitlements accrued by employees prior to 1 July 2016 will continue to be dealt with under the Long Service Leave Act 1976 and can either be taken by the employee or paid out on termination of their employment.

For more information about how these changes may impact your business, or if you have any questions relating to employee entitlement when taking or being paid out their long service leave, contact Employsure on 1300 651 415.


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