All Victorian employers need to be aware of the significant changes to long service leave (LSL) entitlements to commence by 1 November 2018.

The Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic) (Act) which received Royal Assent on 15 May 2018, will repeal and replace the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) (1992 Act) and impact on the entitlements of all employees in Victoria, unless they are specifically excluded from the operation of the Act.

In announcing the Act, the Minister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins, stated:

“the new LSL laws are a huge win for women, parents and carers across Victoria. No one should be penalised for spending more time at home when their kids are born or for changing their working hours to look after a loved one.”

We have summarised the significant changes to the LSL entitlements below:

The Bill has passed the Legislative Assembly and it is currently being debated in the Legislative Council. We will keep you updated on the progress of the Bill.We note that long service leave regime in Victoria seems to be a focus for the Victorian government, as seen with the introduction of the Long Service Benefits Portability Bill 2018 (Vic) (Bill) which introduces portable long service leave for certain industries. We refer you to our update dated 10 April 2018 on the effects of the Bill.