Claim back long service leave payments

Paying long service leave under the Industrial Relations Act 2016

Under the Industrial Relations Act 2016, workers who are employed by the same employer for ten or more continuous years, may be entitled to long service leave paid by their employer. Workers with an entitlement have the option to take leave paid by the employer or receive a payment from QLeave.

If your worker takes long service leave (paid by you) under the Industrial Relations Act 2016, you must notify us before they take leave. This ensures that the worker does not seek two leave payments.

Claiming reimbursement for long service leave paid to a worker

QLeave may reimburse you for some, or all, of the payment you make to your worker. Please lodge your claim for reimbursement within three months, or up to two years, of the day you paid long service leave to your worker. The rate of payment* is calculated based on service correctly recorded with QLeave.

Workers must be registered with QLeave, and their Worker Service Return must be lodged, before we can pay employers.

As an employer, you can click here to apply for reimbursement online or you can complete an Employer Claim form.

Find out the steps to claim reimbursement here.

*The maximum claim payment cap and a 38-hour working week are used to determine the rate of payment. Click here to view the current claim cap.

What if your worker chooses to claim from QLeave?

If a worker chooses to make a claim with QLeave under the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991, you have no further liability under the Industrial Relations Act 2016 for that particular period of employment.

When you lodge a claim with QLeave, you must certify that your worker hasn't been paid for the claim from any other source. You're also required to certify on the claim form that you haven't paid a long service entitlement to the worker.