Portable Long Service Leave Scheme Introduced for Community Service Sector in NSW

On 20 June 2024, the New South Wales Parliament passed the Community Services Sector (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2024, establishing a new portable long service leave scheme for workers in the community service sector.

The Bill will affect up to 250,000 community sector workers in NSW by:

– Granting access to six weeks of long service leave after 7 years of employment, compared to the two months of leave after 10 years of service under the Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW).
– Allowing workers to accrue long service leave based on their engagement in community services work, enabling leave to accrue across multiple employers rather than a single employer.
– Designating the NSW Long Service Leave Corporation as the central agency to administer long service leave, including maintaining records and managing leave payments.

Employers will be required to pay a levy to the NSW Long Service Leave Corporation to cover their long service leave obligations.

This Bill aligns NSW with existing portable long service leave schemes for the community service sectors in the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria, and Queensland.

The Bill will commence on a date fixed by Proclamation.

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