Long service leave
Staff other than casual staff are entitled to paid long service leave as follows:
- three months’ leave on full pay or six months’ leave on half pay after ten years’ full-time service (whether continuous or broken);
- a further nine calendar days’ leave on full pay or 18 calendar days’ leave on half pay, accruing proportionately, for each year subsequent year of full-time service (whether continuous or broken) up to 15 years’ service; and
- a further two months and 15 calendar days on full pay or five months leave on half pay, accruing proportionately, for each subsequent period of five years in excess of 15 years’ service.
Part-time staff and staff with a combination of full-time and part-time service are entitled to long service leave on a pro rata basis.
Leave entitlement – casual staff
Casual staff are entitled to long service leave in accordance with the Long Service Leave Act 1955 (NSW) in respect of service performed on or after 1 January 2010.
Taking long service leave
Leave must be taken at mutually agreed times, and where agreement cannot be reached, the matter will be referred to the Delegated Officer (Staffing) for resolution.
Up to one month’s long service leave on full pay or two months’ leave on half pay may be approved after completion of seven years’ Continuous Service. Such leave will be approved on the condition that the staff member concerned enter into an agreement to provide for deduction of monies from their termination payments and other repayment arrangements in the event of the termination of their employment prior to attaining the necessary period of service to qualify for the leave that was taken.
Long service leave pay and payment in lieu of long service leave
Long service leave pay and payments in lieu of long service leave will be calculated at the staff member's Salary as defined in clause 3 in relation to paid leave and payments in lieu of leave.
On termination of a staff member’s employment, payment will be made in lieu of leave accrued in accordance with clause 157. Where at the time of termination a staff member has five years’ Continuous Service with the University, but less than 10 years Continuous Service (which may include a series of contiguous contracts), and their employment is terminated by:
- the University, for any reason other than serious and wilful misconduct; or
- the staff member because of illness, incapacity or domestic necessity; or
- the staff member's death;
the staff member will be entitled to payment in lieu of long service, but such payments will be calculated at the rate of three months’ leave for 15 years' employment.
If a staff member dies, the payment referred to in clauses 161 or 162 will be paid to their estate unless otherwise required by law.
Calculation of service and leave entitlements
Periods of leave without pay do not count as service for the purpose of calculating long service entitlements except:
- unpaid leave taken to serve in the Australian Defence Force; or
- unpaid leave of up to six months taken by staff with at least 10 years’ paid service.
- For the purposes of clause 164 a break in service of up to two months (or up to six months in the case of Research only staff) will not constitute a break in continuity of service for the purpose of long service leave, but the period of any such break will not be counted as service.
Long service leave accrues on a pro rata basis during any period of paid leave taken at less than full pay.
Service with other Australian Universities will be recognised in accordance with the University Long Service Leave policy in place at the commencement of this Agreement.
- A staff member who has been employed since before 18 October 1989 and was entitled to more favourable long service leave conditions than those specified in clauses 162 to 167 will not be disadvantaged in respect of the calculation of their entitlements for any period of employment before that date.