Leave or payment?

Generally, long service leave cannot be taken as a payment only. The worker has to take the time off work.

However, a pro rata payment can be taken if the worker has at least five years service credits and:

  • has permanently left the industry; and
  • 20 weeks have passed since the worker permanently left the industry; and
  • service credits have not been recorded in that 20 week period OR
  • is deceased.

In the case of a deceased worker with a long service leave entitlement, a payment can be made to the worker’s personal representative.

An application for payment for a deceased worker must be made within two years of the date of suspension of registration or within two years of the date of death, whichever is the latter.

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