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Division 2: Entitlement to long service leave

5.5.8 Long service leave entitlement

  1. A member is entitled to a long service leave credit once the member has completed 10 years of accrued service.

    See: Division 3 for how service is accrued for long service leave.

  2. Long service leave credits are credited to a member on the completion of the following.

    1. 10 years of accrued service.

    2. Every year of accrued service thereafter.

    Note: Credit is not given for part years of accrued service.

  3. Annual long service leave credit is calculated on the following basis.

    1. If the member is not on a flexible service determination for any period during a completed year of accrued service, the member earns 0.3 of a month long service leave credit.

    2. If the member is on one or more flexible service determinations during a year of accrued service, the member’s long service leave credit for the year is the sum of the long service leave credit for each period.

    3. Example: Within one year of accrued service a member was on a flexible service determination for three months, followed by six months not on a flexible service determination, followed by another 2 months on a flexible service determination.

      The member's long service leave credit for the year is the credit earnt for each period added together.

  4. For the purposes of paragraph 3.b, a member's long service leave credit is calculated using the following formula.

  5. long service leave credit = (days divided by 365) times (Hrs divided by 40) times 0.3

    Where:

    days is the numbers of days in the period.

    Example: 1 March - 1 May = 92 days in the period

    Hrs is the number of hours worked each week calculated using the following.

    • Eight hours for any full day of duty.

    • The number of duty hours under the flexible service determination for any part day.

    Example: A member works a full day of duty on Monday and Tuesday and three hours of duty on Wednesday. The number of hours for the week is 19 hours.

5.5.9 How long service leave is granted

  1. The CDF may grant a period of long service leave for a period up to the member's long service leave credit.

    See: Section 5.5.8, Long service leave entitlement

  2. The minimum period of long service leave that may be granted is 15 days. This applies to both full and half pay long service leave.

  3. The CDF may grant a shorter period of long service leave in compassionate circumstances.

  4. A member may choose to take a period of long service leave at half pay. The period may be up to twice the member's long service leave credit.

  5. The member's long service leave credit is reduced as follows.

    1. For a member granted long service leave on full pay – by the period of leave taken.

    2. For a member granted long service leave on half pay – by half the period of leave taken.

  6. Weekends and public holidays during the period of long service leave are counted as part of the period of leave for the purpose of subsection 4.

  7. Note: Weekends and public holidays form part of the period of long service leave. However, the period of leave would not start or end on a weekend or public holiday. Permanent shift workers should start and finish long service leave on a day they are rostered to work.

Persons who can make the decisions under subsection 5.5.9.1 and subsection 5.5.9.3 on behalf of the CDF:
Commanding Officer or Officer Commanding, not below MAJ(E), in the member's direct chain of command.

5.5.10 Grant of other leave with long service leave

  1. Long service leave is intended to be a single period. Members may not break long service leave with other leave.

    Non-example: A member may want to apply for this pattern of leave.
    Long service leave 1 March to 28 March
    Recreation leave 29 March to 15 April
    Long service leave 16 April to 15 May
    This pattern of leave is not allowed.

  2. The minimum break between two periods of long service leave is two weeks. During this period the member must be on duty, rather than on another form of leave.

5.5.11 Grant of long service leave to members on part-time leave without pay

  1. This section applies to a member who meets both these conditions.

    1. The member is on part-time leave without pay.

    2. The member applies for long service leave.

  2. The member's part-time leave without pay must stop for the period of the long service leave.

  3. The member's long service is paid based on the member's full time salary.

5.5.12 Re-credit of long service leave

  1. A member on a period of long service leave is to be re-credited with leave if either of the following happens.

    1. They are admitted to hospital.

    2. They provide a certificate from an ADF medical officer stating that they were not fit for duty.

  2. If the member meets the condition in subsection 1 for less than a full day, long service leave is not re-credited.

  3. A member on a period of long service leave is to be re-credited for the leave on any day they are recalled to duty for operational reasons.

  4. The CDF may extend a member's period of leave by the amount of long service leave re-credited.

Persons who can make the decision under subsection 5.5.12.4 on behalf of the CDF:
Defence Estate and Infrastructure Group:

  • Director Pay and Administration Centre – Victoria
  • Director Military Personnel Administration Centre – Defence Support
  • Team Leader APS5 (Long Service Leave)
  • Technical Advisor APS4 (Long Service Leave) One
  • Technical Advisor APS4 (Long Service Leave) Two

First Assistant Secretary People Services
A person working in the Pay and Administration Branch who is not below APS4

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



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