Joining the long service payments scheme

Any worker who performs eligible building and construction work in the building and construction industry can register.

The building and construction industry is the carrying out of construction, reconstruction, renovation, alteration, demolition or maintenance or repairs of or to buildings, etc.  The COVERAGE INDEX summarises the types of building and construction work covered by the scheme.

Building and construction work is the carrying out of work for which a rate of pay is fixed by a PRESCRIBED AWARD. The awards are listed in the Regulations to the Building and Construction Industry Long Service Payments Act 1986.

Workers on wages or salary

Workers who are employed on wages or salary and receive a PAYG Payment Summary Individual Non-Business should be registered by their employers.

Employers have a legal obligation to register all workers who perform eligible building and construction work in New South Wales. Employers must complete a Start Notice for any worker they employ who performs eligible building and construction work, and forward it to the Corporation within seven days of an employee being employed. Penalties may apply if not lodged within seven days.  All this can be done online on our website.

Working directors

Company directors who are performing eligible building and construction work can join the scheme.  They have to work "on tools" or directly supervising building work on site.

If they receive a PAYG Payment Summary Individual Non-Business (ie group certificate) they are considered by the scheme to be an employee. See more information on Working Directors.  Also see Worker on Wages or Salary on this page.

If a working director DOES NOT receive a PAYG Payment Summary Individual Non-Business they are considered to be self-employed. See Self-employed Workers on this page.

Apprentices

Apprentices are eligible to be registered as soon as they start working in the building and construction industry.  Note: Workers employed as labourers or trades assistants before starting their apprenticeship are also eligible to have service recorded for this time. See Worker on Wages or Salary on this page

Apprentices who are undertaking their apprenticeship with a government organisation or a local council are not eligible to register.

Self-employed workers/Subcontractors/Sole Traders/Partnerships/Trusts

Self employed workers who perform building and construction work are eligible to register with the Corporation. A self employed worker is a worker in the building and construction industry who DOES NOT receive a PAYG Payment Summary Individual Non-Business (i.e. a group certificate).  This includes subcontractors, sole traders, partners or workers who receive a distribution or dividend from a trust. Read the information sheet Long Service Benefit for the Self Employed/Subcontractors/Sole Traders/Partnerships/Trusts.

How to register

To register with the scheme, call the Helpline on 13 14 41.

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