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Long service leave is a period of paid leave you must provide an employee after 10 years’ continuous service with you. Most NSW full-time, part-time or casual employees are entitled to this leave, which is set at 2 months (8.67 weeks), at the employee's ordinary gross weekly wage. Further paid leave needs to be provided after each additional period of 5 years' service.

Long service leave can be taken in one continuous period of leave or, if you and your employee agree:

  • where the leave owing is 2 months – in 2 separate periods
  • where the leave owing is between 2 months and 19.5 weeks – in 2 or 3 separate periods
  • where the leave exceeds 19.5 weeks – in 2, 3 or 4 separate periods.

Under some circumstances an employee who has completed 5 years (but less than 10 years) of service may be entitled to a long service pro-rata payment if they:

  • resign as a result of illness, incapacity, domestic or other pressing necessity, or
  • are dismissed for any reason except serious and wilful misconduct, or
  • die.

Employers can use the online long service leave calculator to check long service leave entitlements for their employees. 

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