Changes to Victorian Long Service Leave Entitlements

Do you employee people in Victoria? Changes to the Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018  are now in effect.

The Victorian Long Service Leave Act 2018 commenced on 1 November 2018.

The key changes are as follows:

  • employees will be able to take long service leave after 7 years of continuous service, rather than 10 years as per the previous entitlement;
  • employees can take long service leave in separate periods (including single day leave) unless an employer refuses on reasonable business grounds;
  • long service leave will continue to accrue during any period of paid parental leave, and unpaid parental leave up to 12 months will count as service;
  • parental leave longer than 12 months will not break continuity of service;
  • where the employee does not have fixed hours of work, the method of calculating the entitlement would be the greater of the average weekly number of hours worked in the:

past 12 months;

past 5 years; or

last period of continuous employment.

  • an employee who resigns and is re-employed by the employer within 12 weeks will not break their continuity of service; and
  • penalties for the breach of the Act have increased.

Should you have any questions relating to long service leave in any state or territory, please feel free to contact Workforce Guardian.

Grace Kim


Grace Kim

Workplace Relations Advisor

Workforce Guardian