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Part 5: Long service leave

5.5.1 Overview

  1. This Part sets out a member's entitlement to long service leave. It covers how leave credit is accrued, salary while on leave, and payment instead of leave when members leave continuous full time service.

    Note: Long service leave benefits for the ADF are similar to benefits under the Long Service Leave (Commonwealth Employees) Act 1976. They are not identical. ADF members are not covered under that legislation.

  2. Note: In the total workforce model, a member on continuous full-time service may be described as a member in Service category 6 or 7. A member who is in Service category 3, 4 or 5 and Service option C is also on continuous full-time service.

  3. Long service leave only accrues while a member is on continuous full-time service.

    See: Division 1 section 5.5.4, Member this Part applies to

  4. A member may apply for long service leave after 10 years of service. This may include some service with other recognised employers.

    See: Division 2 section 5.5.8, How much long service leave?

  5. The accrual of long service leave is an entitlement. The grant of long service leave is a discretion. A member's chain of command may recommend the grant or not, depending on local work pressures.

  6. A member may also choose to take long service leave at full or at half pay. All long service leave counts as effective service.

  7. A member may get payment instead of any credit not taken. This only occurs when they cease continuous full time service.

    See: Division 5, Payment instead of long service leave

5.5.2 Purpose

Long service leave is intended to give an extended period away from work to a member who has served for 10 years or more.

Application to Reservists: Yes, on continuous full-time service.

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