What is long service?

Long service leave in NSW was conceived during the 19th century. It was an extended period of leave given to Colonial civil servants so that they could make the long trip back to the United Kingdom.

Long service leave is now a legislated entitlement for employees who have been employed by the one employer for 10 years. This is to give workers the opportunity of an extended break from work. Conditions for eligibility and granting of long service leave for most employees in NSW are governed by the Long Service Leave Act 1955.

The Long Service Corporation administers a portable long service benefits scheme for building and construction industry workers in NSW. The scheme was created in 1975 under NSW legislation. There are similar schemes in the other States and Territories.

Although all the basic building trades are covered, there are differences in work covered by all these schemes. Specific coverage information should be obtained from the schemes in each State.

Arrangements are in place for the schemes to recognise eligible work that has been recorded in the various schemes to be added together for payment of a long service benefit. Each State scheme issues a registration number and the registration numbers are different for each State.

Registration for long service is ESSENTIAL.

Workers can register by calling the Helpline on 13 14 41.

Employers must complete a Start Notice for any worker they employ who performs building and construction work, and forward it to the Corporation or do it online within seven days of an employee being employed.

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