Government seeks long service leave feedback

The State Government is seeking feedback on proposed changes to construction industry portable long service leave levy arrangements. 

Industrial Relations Minister Grace Grace said the building and construction industry portable long service leave scheme, administered by QLeave, ensured workers could accrue long service leave even if they changed employers or work interstate.

“The scheme is funded by a levy based on building project costs, with similar portable long service leave schemes in other states,” Ms Grace said.

“It is one of three levies collected under the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991.”

Ms Grace said changes made by the previous government had reduced the scheme by $91.3 million between July 1, 2014 and June 30 last year.

“The government is proposing to restore the scheme to its former fairer structure, ensuring its longer-term financial sustainability,” she said.

“We want to hear from everyone who has been or will be affected by any changes to the scheme.”

Public comment is also being sought from industry stakeholders on support for a small increase in the workplace health and safety levy.

Feedback can be submitted through the Office of Industrial Relations website (www.oir.qld.gov.au) or the Queensland Government’s Get Involved website (www.getinvolved.qld.gov.au).

Submissions should be made by close of business on May 30.

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