How portable long service leave works

What is QLeave?

QLeave provides long service leave to workers in Queensland’s building and construction industry. Our scheme rewards you for your service to the industry by making sure you receive long service leave benefits, even if you change employers or work interstate.

How does it work?

Every year that you’re performing eligible work, your employer/s will report to us the number of days you worked for them during the financial year. You’ll receive one service credit for every day you work, up to a maximum of 220 credits each year.

When can I take long service leave?

Once you’ve recorded 2,200 service credits (at least ten years in the Scheme), you’ll be able to claim 8.67 weeks of long service leave paid by us.

Any service you’ve recorded in another state can also count towards this total.

You can choose to either take all your leave at once or to take it in smaller portions. As long as you’re performing eligible work, your entitlements will keep growing.

Can I be credited for previous work?

We may be able to backdate your membership to the start of the financial year (1 July) two years prior to your registration with the Scheme.

If your category of membership eligibility has been added to the Scheme following a change to the legislation, service can only be backdated to the date the legislation was introduced.

How much does it cost?

Membership is FREE for workers. Find out if you’re eligible to join QLeave.

More information

The Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (the Act) is the piece of legislation responsible for providing a fair and efficient Scheme of portable long service leave for workers in the Queensland building and construction industry.

The Scheme is administered by QLeave, which is the trading name of the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Authority.