Take Action For Change.

Take action now and show your support for the Portable Long Service Leave campaign! Become a Services Union member and register your interest in PLSL to help make it a reality!

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If you’re already a Services Union member, throw your support behind the PLSL campaign straight away.

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How Can You Achieve PLSL?

Help raise awareness about our campaign by showing your support and sharing your stories! It will put us in the best place to achieve Portable Long Service Leave.

Here are some ways you can show your support:

  • Host a Portable Long Service Leave – Register Your Interest Morning Tea! (see our PLSL Tool Kit below)
  • Ask your colleagues to join you in becoming a member of The Services Union and get behind our campaign.

You can also find here, a copy of the Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2019; Explanatory Notes and our Unions submission as well as documents relating to the consultation undertaken by the State Government.


What Is Long Service Leave?

Working people in Australia are entitled to take long service leave as part of their basic rights as workers.

This leave is designed to give working people a decent break after being in a job for a long period and is an exceptional condition won many years ago by union members.

Long Service Leave Can Be Accessed in Queensland:

  • 7 years
    After 7 years’ continual employment - This is called pro-rata long service leave.
  • 10 years
    After 10 years’ continual service - up to 8.6667 weeks with a safe job guarantee upon your return.
  • After continual part-time and casual employment - with one employer, on a pro rata basis.

But Not In The Community Sector

Working people in the Community Sector very rarely get to access Long Service Leave.

This is because funding regularly shifts from one organisation to another due to competitive tendering. Staff are typically employed on contracts linked to funding cycles and often have to move between organisations to follow the funding. Every time you shift employers, you lose your leave entitlements.

As part of our broader Investing in Quality Services Campaign, The Services Union is campaigning for a scheme where you can carry your Long Service Leave entitlements with you as you move from employer to employer, or job to job within the sector.

We believe that the introduction of portable Long Service Leave will benefit you, your colleagues and the sector enormously.

This scheme will provide a decent break for experienced and dedicated working people as well as help attract a new generation of workers to the sector. There are also significant economic benefits for organisations, as leave liabilities are removed from their balance sheets and managed by an independent scheme.

It’s Long Overdue

It’s time to make Long Service Leave a priority—not just for employees, but employers too! Portable Long Service Leave retains people and knowledge in the sector, which makes sense for everyone.

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