Information for employers - Portable Long Service Leave

Slot game A step-by-step guide for employers, explaining how to submit quarterly returns via the online portal.

How portable long service works

Slot gameThe Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme allows workers in community services, contract cleaning and security to take their long service entitlement with them if they change jobs but stay in the industry.

From 1 July 2019, businesses with workers in community services, contract cleaning and security must register with the Portable Long Service Authority, which administers the scheme. Community services providing children's services or activities funded by the NDIS are required to register from 1 January 2020.  

Slot gameNew businesses must register within 3 months of establishment.

Slot gameRegistered employers submit quarterly returns through the

When a quarterly return is lodged, an invoice will be issued to the business to pay the employer levy. The levy must be paid within 14 days.

Who are employers for the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme?

Community services employers are non-profit entities employing workers to perform community service work, or for-profit entities that employ workers to perform community service work for people with a disability.

Contract cleaningSlot game employers engage one or more workers to perform cleaning work for other people.

Security employers engage one or more workers to perform security activities for which they are licensed or registered under the Private Security Act 2004.

Slot gameEmployers do not need to register if they are:

  • local, state or federal government bodies
  • an entity that has a governing board appointed by a state or federal Act
  • another statutory body

For more information about who and what is covered by the scheme, you can visit the relevant industry page for:

Community services

Contract cleaning


What employers need to do

Frequently asked questions

Reviewed 05 November 2020

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