How portable long service leave works

The Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (the Act) provides a fair and efficient system of portable long service leave for workers in the Queensland building and construction industry.

Under the Act, workers are entitled to long service leave payments regardless of whether they work on different projects for one or more employers.

QLeave is the trading name of the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authority, established to administer the portable long service leave scheme.

How does it work?

As an employer, it's your responsibility to register with QLeave and to advise us when workers start and end employment. At the end of each financial year, we'll provide you with a record of your registered workers. You must check the list, provide details of employment periods and return it to us.

A long service leave statement, listing periods of employment, is then provided to all registered workers. Workers are advised to check their statements and contact their employer/s if any service is missing.

A worker can make a claim to QLeave for long service leave after 10 years' recorded service, or after seven years' registration with at least 1,155 service credits for a worker who has permanently stopped working in the industry.

How much does it cost?

QLeave registration is free to employers and workers. The scheme is funded by a levy on all building and construction work performed in Queensland, where the total cost of work is $150,000 (excluding GST) or more.

If you're an employer in the building and construction industry in Queensland, click here for more information on how to get started with QLeave.

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