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How portable long service leave works

The Contract Cleaning Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 2005 (the Act) provides a system of long service leave payments for workers in Queensland's contract cleaning industry.

Payments are based on service to the industry rather than ten years’ service to one employer.

QLeave is the statutory authority administering the portable long service leave scheme for workers and employers in the contract cleaning industry in Queensland.

How does it work?

As an employer, you must register with QLeave and submit employer returns detailing the total of ordinary wages paid to workers during the return period.

We record the time worked and wages received by each worker, and this results in service credits accruing towards a long service leave entitlement.

A Long Service Leave Statement (previously known as a Notice of Service), listing periods of employment and wages earned, is provided to all registered workers once a year. Workers are advised to check their statements and contact their employer/s if any service is missing.

You’re an employer in the Queensland contract cleaning industry if:

  • you engage one or more workers to perform cleaning work for other people
  • you’re a company whose only workers are directors of that company.

(An employer does not include the Commonwealth, State or local Government.)

How much does it cost?

Registered employers must pay a levy based on the ordinary wages of their workers. We collect the invested money, and the accumulated funds then pay the workers' long service leave claims.

Find out more about your employer obligations and register with QLeave.