Service preservation

The Corporation is required to cancel the registration of workers who fail to record service for a period of four consecutive financial years. By applying for ‘Service Preservation Days’ you may be able to extend the time that you are allowed to be out of the industry and therefore avoid cancellation of your registration.

Currently you can apply for ‘Service Preservation Days’ if you are:

Unable to work due to pregnancy

Workers who are not working in the building and construction industry and do not get service credits in the scheme for four consecutive years, will have their registration suspended or cancelled.

Once a registration is cancelled, the worker loses all their long service entitlements from the scheme. So it is very important that workers keep their registration current.

A worker who has taken time off work because of pregnancy can apply to the Corporation to protect their registration from cancellation.

Receiving a carer's payment

Workers who are not working in the building and construction industry and do not get service credits in the scheme for four consecutive years, will have their registration suspended or cancelled.

Once a registration is cancelled, the worker loses all their long service entitlements from the scheme. So it is very important that workers keep their registration current.

A worker who has given up work to care for someone can apply to the Corporation to protect their registration from cancellation. This only applies to time off work where the worker is receiving a carer's payment.

There is no limit on the 'service preservation days' that may be applied for as long as the caring circumstance continues.

Performing work while employed by NSW government or local council

Employees (ie. on wages or salary) of Government agencies, State owned corporations and local Councils are not covered by the scheme. This includes apprentices.

Contract work for governments or councils is covered by the scheme.

Registered workers performing building and construction work while employed by a NSW Government agency, State owned corporation or local council under an agreement where they are not entitled to accrue long service benefits for that period can apply to the Corporation to protect their registration from cancellation.


For example, if you haven’t worked in the industry for 3 years and then are unable to work because you are receiving a carer’s pension ‘Service Preservation Days’ can protect your registration and recorded service. If you were able to return to work in the industry after say 3 years on a carer’s pension (a 6 year break from the industry) your registration and service would still be there.

Contact the Helpline on 13 14 41 to find out how to have Service Preservation Days added to your record.

It is important to note that you do not receive service credits for these periods. ‘Service Preservation Days’ do not increase your service balance but can prevent your registration from being cancelled if you know you will be returning to the industry.

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