On 29 March 2023, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Amendment Act 2023 which expands portable long service leave schemes in the ACT to additional industries.
The expansion allows workers in the hairdressing and beauty services industry and the accommodation and food services industry to accrue long service leave on their length of service within these industries and be registered with ACT Leave for this purpose.
The expanded scheme, which combines the new industries with the existing contract cleaning industry scheme to become the Services Industry Scheme, is due to commence in April 2025.
Employers in the contract cleaning industry scheme will not have to re-register with ACT Leave. All employers already registered with us will automatically be transferred to the new Services Industry Scheme. After commencement of the new Services Industry Scheme, any new employers that provide cleaning work or sorting of waste will need to register with ACT Leave.
We will be providing information to employers in the hairdressing and beauty services, and the accommodation and food services industries in the coming months.