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Long service leave is an entitlement that provides for additional leave to long-serving workers. Most South Australian workers are entitled to 13 weeks leave upon the completion of 10 years' service with an employer, or related employers. A worker can also be eligible for a pro rata entitlement after 7 years of service.

The national workplace relations system and the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) cover South Australia's private sector workers. Most of these workers also get their long service leave entitlements from the South Australian Long Service Leave Act 1987 (LSL Act). Long service leave entitlements for local government workers are also covered by this Act.

The LSL Act does not apply for the following:

The SafeWork SA Long Service Leave Entitlements (PDF 118kb) fact sheet provides more information.

Further information

If in doubt about long service leave matters, contact the SafeWork SA Help Centre.

National workplace relations system

The national workplace relations system provides for a National Employment Standard dealing with long service leave. This standard establishes a worker's entitlement to long service leave based on arrangements in place before 1 January 2010.

The LSL Act does not apply when there are long service leave entitlements in a federal award or agreement that would have covered an employer and their workers before 1 January 2010.

For more information contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit

Construction industry

Workers in the construction industry qualify for long service leave based on their service to the industry, rather than service with one employer.

Employers must register with Construction Benefit Services and pay a levy every two months to the Construction Industry Fund. The current levy rate is 2.25%, as fixed by the Construction Industry Long Service Leave Board.

When workers become entitled to long service leave, payment is made from the Fund.

For more information, contact Construction Benefit Services.

South Australian public service

The Determination of the Commissioner for Public Sector Employment (Determination 3.1: Employment Conditions - Leave) applies to:

  • workers in the South Australian public service (i.e. employed in an administrative unit or attached office, as defined by the Public Sector Act 2009)
  • public sector workers whose employment has been declared by another Act or the Public Sector Regulations 2010 to be employment to which section 16 of the Public Sector Act 2009 applies.

For more information, public service workers should contact the human resource area within their agency.