ACT Long Service Leave Authority

Close

COVID-19 Response

Early access to portable long service leave

The Minister for Employment and Workplace Safety announced a new portable long service leave entitlement for workers who have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Authority Operations

The Authority has modified its business operations in response to the evolving COVID-19 situation. As the situation continues to evolve, we will provide updates via our website.

Key Changes to service delivery:

    • As of Monday, 04 January 2021, the Authority has resumed answering phone calls and providing in-person assistance to clients at our office.
    • The 20 weeks waiting period for “leaving the industry” claims (Construction and Cleaning schemes) is currently being waived throughout the COVID-19 emergency declaration made under the Public Health Act 1997. The mandatory 20 weeks waiting period will only be waived while the COVID-19 emergency declaration is in force.

The Authority has a business continuity plan specifically to allow it to plan, prepare, respond and recover in the event of business disruption as a result of the current COVID-19 pandemic.

This plan was activated between March and December 2020. From 4 January 2021 the Authority has resumed its normal operations. The plan may be activated again should it be required.

FAQ

Are there any delays expected for making long service leave claim payments?

The Authority is currently maintaining normal processing times for claim payments (5-10 business days).

How do I make a long service leave claim?

You can check if you have reached an entitlement by logging into our Worker Portal.

If you have reached an entitlement, you can download a claim form from our website by visiting one of the pages listed below, complete it and submit it to us via email at enquiry@actleave.act.gov.au.

Can I submit a claim as a precaution and then cancel it?

While we understand that circumstances are changing rapidly at this time, to avoid the potential for overpayments or putting unnecessary pressure on our resources, we request that you wait until you have made a conclusive decision to proceed with your claim before submitting a claim form.

Is there a hardship early release provision for workers to access their long service leave benefits before reaching an entitlement?

A new early release entitlement is now available to workers who have at least 18 months of service recorded in the ACT alone with at least one day of service recorded in the last 12 months, whose normal pattern of work has been severely impacted by COVID-19.

The special early release entitlement is available to workers throughout the current COVID-19 emergency declaration made under the Public Health Act 1997. Applications for this benefit must be made whilst the COVID-19 emergency declaration is in force.

Can I come into the office for in-person assistance?

Yes, from Monday 4 January 2021 the Authority has resumed providing in-person assistance in our office, between 08:30am and 04:30pm Mon-Fri (excluding public holidays).

What happens if I can’t lodge my quarterly return by the due date?

The Authority has provisions to offer Employers an extension of time for lodgement and payment of quarterly returns. If you think you may be unable to lodge and pay your return on time, please contact us on or before the due date at enquiry@actleave.act.gov.au to request an extension of time.