Claim long service leave
Types of claims
10-year long service leave claim
- this is also known as a taking 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 registration 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 $2,116 per week applies to all worker claims, and employer claims for reimbursement, paid by QLeave from 1 July 2023.
Single Touch Payroll (STP)
QLeave is required to report your long service leave claim through Single Touch Payroll (STP) to the Australian Taxation Office. This means as of 30 November 2022 you won't receive a PAYG payment summary at the time your claim is paid, rather you can check these details by logging in to your MyGov account.
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.