Long service leave
29. LONG SERVICE LEAVE
29.1 Long service leave is an entitlement that recognises a Staff Member’s length of Continuous Service to the University.
29.2 Long service leave is centrally funded.
Eligibility and Entitlement
29.3 Long service leave entitlements are set out in the table below:
On completion of 10 years Full-time Continuous Service
Total of 3 months paid leave
Continuous Service between 10 and 15 years
Total of 3 months plus 9 calendar days paid leave per year of Continuous Service (less any leave previously taken)
On completion of 15 years Full-time Continuous Service
Total of 4.5 months paid leave (less any leave previously taken)
On completion of each additional year of Full-time Continuous Service after 15 years
Total of 4.5 months plus 15 calendar days paid leave per year of Continuous Service (less any leave previously taken)
Accrues on a proportionate basis of Full-time entitlement
Accrues on a proportionate basis of Full-time entitlement for Casual Staff that completed 10 years Continuous Service on or after 9 May 1985 only
29.4 The minimum period of long service leave that may be taken is 1 working week.
29.5 A Staff Member may accrue long service leave to a maximum of 4.5 months before they may be required to take a minimum 6 weeks long service leave with 12-months written notice.
29.6 Where a Staff Member has completed at least 5 but less than 10 years Continuous Service and their service is terminated, in accordance with the Long Service Leave policy, the Staff Member is entitled to a proportionate amount of long service leave on the basis of 2 months for 10 years Continuous Service.
Recognition of Prior Service
29.7 Previous continuous service with other Australian universities will be recognised for the purpose of determining long service leave eligibility on the following basis for Staff employed by the University:
(a) on or after 1 January 1974 from those Australian universities that grant transferability of long service leave to Staff from the University (except for service prior to 1 January 1974);
(b) up until 30 April 1977 from those New South Wales universities for whom all continuous paid service with bodies recognised by those universities will also be counted;
(c) on or after 1 June 1988 from Colleges of Advanced Education; and
(d) from the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee or Universities Australia.
29.8 Eligibility for recognition of previous service is subject to the following conditions:
(a) there must be continuity of employment between all such positions held, except that a break in service of up to 3 months will be accepted;
(b) prior service at an overseas university will not be accepted;
(c) where long service leave has been taken or is eligible to be paid or has been paid in lieu of long service leave by the releasing university, the Staff Member will not accrue any entitlement to leave for that period of service with the releasing university;
(d) where long service leave has been taken or is eligible to be paid or has been paid in lieu of long service leave by the releasing university, such a period will be included as qualifying service for determining when the Staff Member is eligible to take long service leave at the University; and
(e) the Staff Member will be required to serve a minimum of 3 years with the University before being permitted to take accrued long service leave or to be paid in lieu on termination of employment except that in eligible cases, payment in lieu of accrued leave will be made when a Staff Member retires or dies.
Re-crediting Long Service Leave
29.9 A Staff Member who becomes ill, injured or incapacitated for 1 week or more during a period of Long Service Leave will be entitled to payment of Personal Leave on production of supporting documentation in accordance with the Personal Leave Policy.
Payment in lieu on termination
29.10 Payment in lieu will be made for any entitlement to Long Service Leave accrued but not taken on termination. Where termination of employment is due to the Staff Member's death, such payment will be made to the Staff Member's estate. Payment will be made at the Staff Member’s base rate of salary.
Continuity of Service
29.11 When a period (or periods) of leave without pay exceeds an aggregate of 6 months the excess over 6 months will not be counted as service in determining the total service for long service leave purposes.