Payment of long service leave

Long service leave is paid at the employee's ordinary pay rate. The ordinary pay rate is the employee's base pay rate for their usual hours of work and doesn't include:

  • allowances
  • shift loadings
  • penalties
  • overtime.

Payment of long service leave to casuals will include the casual loading as this is their ordinary hourly rate of pay.

Payment of long service leave at the end of employment

Any unused long service leave has to be paid out at the end of employment.

Long service leave usually can't be cashed out while the employee is still working for the business.

Payment of pro-rata long service leave

When employment ends before an employee has worked the total number of years needed to get the full long service leave entitlement, they can sometimes get paid out part of their long service leave. This is known as pro-rata long service leave.

Whether an employee gets paid out pro-rata long service leave when their employment ends depends on the long service laws in the state or territory they work in.

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  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
  • getting help from us if you can't resolve it.

What to do next

  • Visit our Long service leave page for a list of the state and territory departments that help with long service leave entitlements
  • Check Record-keeping requirements for long service leave records

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