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Now including information from the Long Service Leave Act 2018. This is new Victorian legislation that is operative from 1 November 2018. 

Long service leave (LSL) can be complicated and understanding the correct source of entitlement for employees and how the various rules apply can be troubling for employers, especially if they have staff in multiple states.

The following summary outlines the specific LSL provisions for each Australian state and territory as well as provisions derived from federal awards. For further advice about long service leave entitlements please call the Ai Group Workplace Advice Line on 1300 55 66 77.


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Date Update
26/05/2020 This template has undergone a periodic review.
29/10/2018 Updated information added for Victoria based on the new Long Service Leave Act 2018 which replaces the Long Service Leave Act 1992. The new Act  introduces changes to the LSL entitlements of Victorian employees and the obligations of employers.
16/10/2018 Further clarification has been added around LSL termination payments and completed years of service for Queensland, South Australia, the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory.
16/05/2018 The ‘Termination entitlement’ section has been updated for all jurisdictions except for Victoria and Western Australia. Further information has been added regarding LSL payouts for employees between 7-10 years and after 10 years.
03/05/2018 The ‘Casuals’ entitlement to long service leave (LSL) for casual employees who derive long service leave provisions from a Federal LSL Award has been updated.



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