Investigating portable long service leave entitlements for workers in the Social and Community Services Sector

The Queensland Government is investigating options for a portable long service leave (PLSL) scheme for workers in the social and community services (SACS) sector.

PLSL allows a worker to accumulate long service leave entitlements based upon their continuous service in an industry, rather than with a single employer. PLSL schemes typically operate in industries that are characterised by high mobility between industry employers and insecure work.

PLSL schemes operate in Queensland’s building and construction and contract cleaning industries.  The Australian Capital Territory and Victoria have established a PLSL scheme for the Community Sector in those jurisdictions.

As a part of this investigation, the Government is undertaking comprehensive consultation with employers and industry representative bodies; industrial organisations and workers; academic researchers and the legal sector; and the community.

To gather feedback and comments from interested stakeholders in the SACS sector on the implementation of a PLSL scheme and how such a scheme could operate, the Queensland Government has released a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement. A copy of the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement is also available on the Queensland Productivity Commission's website and the Queensland Government's Get Involved website.

You are invited to have your say about the introduction of portable long service leave for the social and community services sector in Queensland.

Written submissions on the proposal and the Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement can be lodged with the Office of Industrial Relations until 4pm on Monday, 8 October 2018.

Email submissions:
SACSPLSL [at] oir.qld.gov.au

Postal submissions:
SACS Portable Long Service Leave Consultation
Office of Industrial Relations – IR Policy
GPO Box 69
Brisbane QLD 4001

Submissions are published unless provided in confidence. Material provided in confidence should be clearly marked ‘IN CONFIDENCE’.

Further information

Any questions about this consultation process can be submitted via SACSPLSL [at] oir.qld.gov.au (email) or by calling the Office of Industrial Relations on 07 3406 9863.

Last updated 08 October 2018