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The information on this page applies to employees working in NSW only.
Employees who work for one employer for a particular length of time may be entitled to extra leave. This is called long service leave, or extended leave.
In New South Wales, you are generally entitled to two months long service leave after working for the same employer for 10 years. You are entitled to an extra month of leave for every five years after that. This may be different if you are in another state or territory. If you work part time, you are still entitled to long service leave.
If you are a casual employee, you may still be entitled to long service leave. You should get
Some industries, for example the building and construction industry and the contract cleaning industry, have different conditions that apply to long service leave. You should get
legal advice if you are not sure about your long service leave entitlements.
You should check your award, enterprise agreement or employment contract to see what your long service leave entitlements are.
To find out how much long service leave you might be entitled to, you can use the 'Long Service Leave Calculator' on the
Industrial Relations website.
You can take your long service leave as soon as you are entitled to it unless the needs of the business require you to postpone it. Your employer must give you a month's notice of the commencement date of your long service leave.
Long service leave is usually taken as one continuous period. However, if you and your employer agree, you can take it in two or more periods depending on how much long service leave you have.
If you take long service leave, you should be paid:
whichever is more. This will not include any overtime, penalty rates, allowances, bonuses or commissions.
You should receive payment either when you start your leave or at the same time you would have received your normal pay if you had not taken the leave.
If you have worked for your employer for 10 years or more and you are dismissed (sacked), resign, or are made redundant, you should be paid any long service leave that you haven't taken.
If you have worked for your employer for more than five years but less than 10, you may be entitled to a long service pro-rata payment if you resign as a result of:
If you resign for one of the above reasons you need to advise the employer in writing at the time of giving notice.
You may also be entitled to a pro-rata entitlement after five years, if you are dismissed by the employer for any reason other than serious and wilful misconduct, or if you die.
For more information, see Frequently asked questions on the
NSW Industrial Relations website.
If you have left your job and you are not sure if you should be paid for unused long service leave, you should get
If you haven't been paid or you haven't been paid the right amount, there are steps you can take to try and recover the money that you are entitled to. For more information, see
What if my entitlements are not paid?
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