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