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The Portable Long Service Benefits Authority was established to implement and administer the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018  in conjunction with the Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2019 .

Portable long service will enable Victorian workers in community services, contract cleaning and security to start accruing long service benefits.

A Board and CEO that report to the Minister for Finance govern the Portable Long Service Benefits Authority.

The Board will:

  • set the levy to be paid by employers and contract workers
  • manage risk
  • advise the Minister on arrangements with similar schemes across Australia

The employer levy was determined by the Governing Board on 9 May 2019 as follows:

  • 1.65% for community services
  • 1.80% for contract cleaning
  • 1.80% for security

An audit and risk committee and finance committee will provide support and advice.

Board members

Julius Roe, Chair

Julius's career spans 40 years in industrial relations, including as Fair Work Commissioner from 2010 to 2017.

Since July 2017, Julius has been working as a consultant, handling mediation in a diverse range of workplace disputes in the public and private sectors.

Julius has been a leader in vocational education and training policy including on a number of boards at both state and national level. He was National President of the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union from 2000-2010.

Claire Filson, Deputy Chair

Claire has worked extensively in the financial services sector. She has more than 20 years’ boardroom experience gained in superannuation and infrastructure businesses.

Before taking a career break to travel in 2010, she was a director on the board of Emergency Services & State Superannuation, a 150,000-member public sector superannuation fund managing $15 billion.

Claire has a mix of skills spanning law, governance and risk management.

Representing unions and workers

Linda White

Linda works with the Australian Services Union and is currently the union’s Assistant National Secretary, developing the ASU’s strategy in the private and community sectors and also works on the union's growth strategy.

She coordinated the ASU’s ground-breaking Equal Pay case in the Fair Work Commission

Before joining the ASU, Linda was a senior associate at Maurice Blackburn & Co for 10 years. Her areas of practice included crime, industrial law, personal injuries and criminal injuries compensation.

Julie Warren

Until recently, Julie was the Senior Vice President of the Victorian Trades Hall Council, Julie has considerable understanding of the the issues and concerns that are relevant to contract industries.

She has worked for more than 20 years with the National Union of Workers, and has been President of the union’s Victoria branch since 2006. In that role, she has been part of a number of valuable changes in strategic direction to adapt the union’s purpose and policies to the contemporary workplace.

Kate Marshall

Kate is Trustee of the Health Services Union. She joined the union in 2015 as Senior Industrial Officer, leading a team of lawyers and industrial staff to assist members in their enquiries.

Before that, she was a Legal Officer with the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union, Victoria and Tasmania, heading the legal department to run matters before the Fair Work Commission, the Federal Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

Representing employers and industry

Emma King

Emma King joined the Victorian Council of Social Service (VCOSS) as Chief Executive Officer in 2013, providing a strong voice of leadership and advocacy on social justice issues for the community sector.

Emma was previously Chief Executive Officer of the Early Learning Association Australia (formerly Kindergarten Parents Victoria), the peak organisation representing parents and providers of early learning services in Victoria. Emma also has an extensive background in the public sector and in workforce and education issues, having worked as a Victorian policy adviser, a teacher, and in a range of industrial and training roles at the Victorian Independent Education Union and the Finance Sector Union. Emma’s qualifications include a Masters in Industrial and Employee Relations, a Graduate Diploma of Education and a Bachelor of Arts.

Emma represents VCOSS on a range of ministerial advisory groups and committees. She is also the Chair of the Future Social Service Institute, President of the Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre and Board Member of Mental Health Victoria.

Emma is a regular commentator on social affairs and justice issues.

Tim Piper

Tim has been Head of the Australian Industry Group’s Victorian Branch since 2002. Ai Group advocates on behalf of more than 12,000 businesses in Victoria and over 60,000 around Australia. Tim has had significant engagement with Government at both Federal and State levels, Chairs the Industry Capability Network, and sits on a number of Government bodies.

He was previously Executive Director of the Australian Retailers Association Victoria and practiced as a lawyer in private practice in Australia and the UK.

Rachaell Saunders

In 1988, Rachaell established National Protective Services, a leading professional security company specialising in the provision of quality and tailored protective services. National Protective Services assists people to defend their property and people through the provision of security officers, security patrols, alarm and CCTV installation and consultancy.

She is the company’s chief executive officer, setting the strategic direction for the business with focus on operations, finance, human resources, sales and marketing.

Rachaell is a member of the Board of the Australian Security Industry Association, the peak body for security employers in Australia.

Portable Long Service Authority Executive Leadership Team

Joseph Yeung, Registrar and Chief Executive Officer

Joseph is the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the Portable Long Service Benefits Authority and is a member of the Governing Board. He is an experienced corporate governance / corporate services professional and was Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Premier and Cabinet from 2017 – 2019. Prior to working in Victorian Government, Joseph was an Assistant Secretary in Corporate Services Division at the Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department based in Canberra.

Joseph is a Chartered Accountant, holds an MBA (Executive) and is an Australian Lawyer and Victorian Legal Practitioner.

Reviewed 30 June 2019

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