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Long Service Leave Provisions

Stephen Curtain

Our Workplace Relations Team regularly recieves queries from clients about long service leave entitlements. The latest set of rules came into play in Victoria on 1 January 2006.

Pursuant to the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) an employee is entitled to:

  • 13 weeks long service leave on completion of 15 years continuous service, plus 4 x 1/3rd weeks on completion of each further 5 year period of continuous service: s 56;
  • 1/60th of the period of continuous employment on the completion of 10 years (but less than 15 years) continuous employment: s 56A;
  • 1/60th of the period of continuous employment if employment is terminated after the completion of 7 years continuous employment: s 58.

These changes were ‘phased’ in so that when calculating an employee’s entitlement to long service leave where they have completed at least 10 but less than 15 years continuous service ‘only two thirds of the employee’s continuous employment completed before the commencement of this section counts as continuous employment’: s 56A.