When you can take long service leave

Workers in NSW are entitled to long service leave when they have ten years of recognised service with one or more employers in the contract cleaning industry.

Service recorded interstate can be used to calculate your entitlement to long service and to calculate the total value of the payment.

This means you will receive 8.67 weeks (two months) of long service leave after ten years of service. The amount paid is based on your average ordinary weekly wage. After completing each additional five years of service, you are entitled to another 4.33 weeks (one month) of long service leave.

  • You must take time off.
  • You will only be paid for the number of weeks of leave you take off work.
  • You will need to arrange an agreed time to take leave with your employer before lodging your application. This must be for a minimum of two weeks.

Workers can take long service leave within six months of being eligible. However, you can agree to extend this time with your employer for a maximum of five years. Your employer must notify us within seven days of this agreement.

We may need contact current or previous employers to verify information when processing claims.

Pro rata payments

You can apply for a payment if you have five years of recognised service and you have permanently left the industry.

A personal representative can apply for a payment if a worker is deceased and had five years of recognised service.

Long service with your employer

If you're employed by one employer continuously for 10 years you may be entitled to a long service leave benefit from them. You can’t receive benefits from both your employer and the Long Service Corporation.

Contact us before applying for long service benefits to discuss your circumstances.

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