Proposed changes to the QLeave levies collected under the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991

As a part of its commitment to fair and transparent government, the Palaszczuk Government wishes to consult with building and construction industry stakeholders on its proposal to reverse changes made in 2014 to the levy that funds the portable long service leave (PLSL) entitlements of workers in Queensland’s building and construction industry.

In 2014, changes were made to the structure and rate of the levy collected by QLeave under the Building Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (the Act), including:

  • the introduction of a tiered levy structure, which effectively discounted the levy rate for large projects;
  • the exclusion of goods and services tax from the leviable building and construction costs; and
  • a reduction in the PLSL levy rate from 0.3% to 0.25% of a project’s total costs.

The changes reduced the levy revenue that funds the PLSL scheme, and also impacted the revenue from two other levies QLeave collects under the Act - the work health and safety (WHS) levy and the building and construction training levy.

The Queensland Government also wishes to consult with industry on a related proposal, being a small increase to the WHS levy to provide dedicated funding for mental health and suicide prevention strategies in the building and construction industry. There is a particularly high incidence of suicide in the building and construction industry. It is proposed to create a dedicated funding source for targeted industry mental health and suicide prevention strategies.

Feedback and comments are being sought from industry groups, levy payers, unions and other interested stakeholders through a Consultation Regulatory Impact Statement (PDF, 469KB).

A copy is also available on the Government’s Get Involved website.

Submissions closed on 30 May 2019. The Office of Industrial Relations thanks all who made written submissions, or who met with OIR to provide their views.

Submissions, unless provided in confidence, are available.

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

Interested stakeholders can also register to receive updates on the outcome of this consultation process by sending a request to the email address above.

Last updated 04 October 2019