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.

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. 

Last updated: 28 November 2023