What is long service?

Long service leave is a legislated entitlement for employees who have been employed by the one employer for 10 years. This gives 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 (LSC) administers a portable long service benefits scheme for building and construction workers in NSW. The scheme was created in 1975 under NSW legislation.

There are similar schemes in the other States and Territories. Specific eligibility 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 combined for payment of a long service benefit.

Work on Commonwealth land is not eligible for service credits under the scheme administered by LSC in NSW.

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