QLeave provides long service leave entitlements to workers in the building and construction industry in Queensland.
Entitlements are based on time spent in the industry rather than time spent with any individual employer. Given that the building and construction industry is project driven, it would be extremely difficult for most workers to accrue enough service with any one employer to be eligible for long service leave.
QLeave operates on a service credit system. Eligible workers who are registered with QLeave receive one (1) service credit for every day they work up to a maximum of 220 credits in any financial year. After 2,200 credits are recorded which will take at least ten years to accrue, workers will be entitled to 8.67 weeks of long service leave paid by QLeave. Service credits accrued in interstate portable long service leave schemes can count towards this total.
Once workers are eligible to take long service leave, they can take all of their leave at once or take it in small portions (no less than 5 days unless it is likely to be the last payment for long service leave). As long as they continue to work, their entitlements will keep growing. For example, workers can allow their entitlement to keep accruing and take 13 weeks paid long service leave after the equivalent of 15 years full time work (3,300 service credits).
There is no cost for workers to join QLeave. The Scheme is funded by a levy on all building and construction work performed in Queensland, where the total cost of work is $150,000 (excluding GST) or more.
If you are a worker in the Queensland building and construction industry, click here to see if you are eligible to join QLeave.
Last modified: July 2016