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Long Service Leave - do you know how it works?

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Did you know that employees are generally entitled to three months of long service leave after ten years of eligible service? A further 0.3 months of additional credits are applied for each year of service after this. Long Service Leave in the APS is provided by the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976.

Unlike annual leave, long service leave accrues in months rather than days or hours and is provided in calendar days rather than working days. The calculation for determining long service leave accrual is completed years of service multiplied by 0.3 of a month, less any long service leave already taken or paid in lieu. Because it is an entitlement provided in calendar days, a period of long service leave will run over at least one weekend (as it has to be taken in blocks of seven days) and any public holidays that fall during that time.

If you are unsure about how much long service leave you have accrued or how it can be used, please contact your agency’s HR Team for answers.

Last reviewed: 
29 March 2018