Employer returns

Information about cleaning work on Commonwealth land

Work on Commonwealth land is not eligible for service credits under the Contract Cleaning Industry Long Service Leave (CCI LSL) scheme. From 1 January 2023:

  • employers must not record cleaning work performed on Commonwealth places on future quarterly service returns
  • levies are not payable on wages paid for cleaning work performed on Commonwealth places and employers will need to ensure that they do not add this work to quarterly returns.

Every three months employers need to lodge a return through the employer portal.

Employers must notify us when a worker starts or finishes working for them. This must be done on the first return after the worker starts or finishes employment. When an employer lodges the return they must also pay the levy.

The levy is calculated at 1.0% of the gross ordinary wages of cleaning employees. Before 1 July 2021 the rate was 1.7%. Outstanding levy payments for the period between 1 July 2011 to 30 June 2021 are subject to the 1.7% levy rate.

In your return you need to provide the following information:

  • telephone numbers and email addresses of workers
  • type of cleaning work performed by each worker
  • total amount of ordinary wages paid to each worker for cleaning work during the return period
  • start and finish dates of workers who started or finished in the return period.

Return periods and due dates of returns and levies

Return periodReturn and levy due
1 January to 31 March14 April
1 April to 30 June14 July
1 July to 30 September14 October
1 October to 31 December14 January

An employer does not have to provide information on a return or pay a levy for a worker who is not a registered worker and worked less than five days in the current return.

Work on Commonwealth land or a Commonwealth place is not eligible under the scheme. Employers must not record cleaning work on Commonwealth places on quarterly service returns.

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