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Portable Leave Scheme


Members are reminded about the ACT Long Service Leave Authority which administers the portable long service leave scheme for building and construction industry workers in the ACT.

The scheme allows eligible workers to move from employer to employer in the construction industry, while still accruing service towards a long service leave entitlement.

In the ACT, building and construction industry workers registered on or after 1 January 1997 are entitled to 13 weeks of long service leave after 10 years of recorded service in the industry, and continue to accumulate 1.3 weeks of leave for every year thereafter.

How does it work?

In the ACT, employers that have employees and/or apprentices covered under the scheme must register with the Authority and pay a levy contribution to the Authority set at 2.1% of the gross ordinary wages of those employees (excluding apprentices).

When a worker decides to claim some or all of their long service leave entitlement, they can lodge a claim directly with the Authority, and the Authority (not the employer) will pay the benefit.

For any questions about ACT Portable Long Service Leave, you can access their website here or contact our member services team on 6175 5900.