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What is QLeave?

QLeave provides long service leave to workers in Queensland’s building and construction and contract cleaning industries. From 1 January 2021, we will also support the community services industry.

What is portable long service leave?

Portable long service leave is paid leave given to workers for their service to the industry, rather than continuous service to one employer. Our schemes allow workers in these industries to continue earning long service leave benefits even if they change employers or move interstate.

Similar schemes for the building and construction industry operate in all Australian states and territories. Some states and territories also operate schemes for the contract cleaning and community services industries. Service accrued in other states may contribute to a worker’s overall benefit.

How are we funded?

The schemes are funded by a levy.

Our building and construction industry scheme is funded by a levy imposed on the total cost of all construction work in Queensland costing $150,000 or more (excluding GST). The levy is paid in conjunction with the Building and Construction Work Health and Safety (Queensland) levy and the Construction Skills Queensland levy.

The contract cleaning industry and community services industry schemes are funded by a levy paid by employers each quarter. The levy paid is calculated on the ordinary wages of their workers.

The money collected by both levies is invested and the accumulated funds then pay workers’ long service leave claims.

Relevant legislation

Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991

Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Regulation 2013

Contract Cleaning Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2005

Contract Cleaning Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Regulation 2015

Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2020

Community Services Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Regulation 2020