What is Long Service Leave in South Australia

Oct 2, 2015
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Written by Dominic Woolrych

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

South Australia (SA)

LSL entitlements in SA is governed by the Long Service Leave Act 1987 (‘the Act’). The Act provides;

  • that employees are entitled to 13 weeks leave upon completion of 10 years service with an employer and a further 1.3 weeks is granted for each completed year thereafter. Pro rata entitlements is also offered after 7 years of service.

If a worker is paid by commission, piece rates or another system of payment-by-result, than their ordinary weekly wage is calculated by averaging their weekly earnings over the 12 months immediately before taking leave or the time of employment termination. Part-time and casual workers also accumulate LSL just as a full-time worker would, however, the payment for leave is based on the weekly hours worked.

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

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