The portable long service benefits scheme allows workers in community services, contract cleaning and security to accrue long service leave, even if they change employers but remain in the same industry.
Joining the portable long service scheme
Your employer will register you with the Portable Long Service Authority.
When your registration is complete, you will receive a welcome pack in the mail. This will include your membership number.
You can use your membership number to log in to the Authority's online system and update your details. You'll also be able to sign up to receive emails or SMS notifications.
Each quarter (in January, April, July and October) your employer will submit a quarterly return to the Authority.
This reports how many days you have worked and your rate of pay.
This information will be used to calculate the levy your employer pays to the Authority.
Checking your balance
You can log in to check your balance or update your details at any time.
Each November, an annual statement will be sent to you with details of your long service credit balance.
Claiming your portable long service
Each quarter, long service credits will be added to your balance based on the days you worked and the rate of pay you received.
When you have enough credits, usually after at least 7 years of service, you will be able to apply for your long service benefit to be paid to you.
Industries and jobs that are eligible
Frequently asked questions
Reviewed 01 May 2019