Claim long service leave
Types of claims
10-year long service leave claim
- this claim can be made after 10 years of service (2,200 service credits)
- provides you with 8.67 weeks of paid long service leave
- you must not be working during the claim period
- a minimum of five days leave applies per claim unless it is your final claim
Permanently leaving the industry claim
- can be made if you have permanently stopped working in the building and construction industry
- you must be registered with QLeave (or an interstate scheme) for seven years and have accrued at least 1,155 service credits
- your membership will be cancelled if you make this type of claim.
Personal representative claim
- if one of the above entitlements exists, an authorised representative may make a long service leave claim for a deceased worker.
- a person listed as a beneficiary of a deceased worker's superannuation may not necessarily be an executor or administrator (this is because a deceased worker may opt to leave their superannuation to a beneficiary not included in a will).
Maximum claim payments
A capped weekly rate of pay for all claims was introduced on 1 January 2009 to ensure the future of the portable long service leave scheme.
The cap rate is reviewed before 1 July each year. At this time, the Minister fixes the cap for the following financial year.
A cap of $1,980 per week applies to all worker claims, and employer claims for reimbursement, paid by QLeave from 1 July 2019. There have been no changes to the claim cap for 2021-22 financial year.
Single Touch Payroll (STP) exemption
QLeave is exempt from reporting long service leave claims paid to workers through Single Touch Payroll (STP) until the end of the 2020-21 financial year. We have requested an extension of this exemption until 30 June 2022.
When your long service leave claim is paid, we’ll provide you with a PAYG payment summary for tax purposes instead of reporting through STP.
Completing a paper claim?
If you're completing a long service leave claim by paper form, ensure you select yes or no for question 'are you claiming the tax-free threshold?'. If left blank, we'll process the claim as if you are claiming the tax-free threshold which could carry tax implications. Once a claim has been paid this cannot be altered.