In this series of posts we look at the concept of ‘long service leave’ (LSL) within each respective State and Territory. If you’re thinking about what entitlements you have to LSL and pro-rata, you’ve come to the right place.

For an overview of Long Service Leave entitlement click here

Northern Territory (NT)

LSL entitlements in the NT is governed by the Long Service Leave Act 1981 and further amendments (‘the Act’). The Act states;

  • That an employee is entitled to 1.3 weeks LSL for each completed year of continuous service upon completion of 10 years. Pro-rata LSL entitlement is paid out after 7 years of continuous employment, equal to 1.3 weeks for each completed year thereafter and on 7 years.

LSL does however cease to accrue when an employee takes unpaid parental leave, leave without pay, unpaid leave, unpaid sick leave and workers compensation. There is no entitlement to pro rata LSL for an employee with less than 7 years continuous employment with the employer. Additionally, employees cannot forego paid work that is similar to the duties usually performed whilst on leave.

Still unsure what you’re entitlements are? Contact a LawPath consultant on 1800LAWPATH to learn more about Long Service Leave.

Dominic Woolrych

Dominic is the CEO of LawPath, dedicating his days to making legal easier, faster and more accessible to businesses. Dominic is a recognised thought-leader in Australian legal disruption, and was recognised as a winner of the 2015 Australian Legal Innovation Index.