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Division 2: Entitlement to long service leave

5.5.8 How much long service leave?

  1. A member is entitled to three months of long service leave credit for 10 years of accrued service.

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

  2. After 10 years, the member earns a credit at 0.3 of a month of long service leave for every further completed year of accrued service. This equates to an annual credit of nine days, based on the standard 30-day month used in working out long service leave entitlements.

  3. Credit is not given for part years.

    Example: A member has 15 years, 3 months of service. The long service leave credit available to the member is based on the 15 years of service only.

    Note: Payment for part-years is given for payment instead of long service leave.

    See: Division 5, Payment instead of long service leave.

  4. This table sets out credits earned for completed years of accrued service.

    Credits earned
    Service (years)

    Credit

     

    Service (years)

    Credit

    Months

    Months / Days

    Months

    Months / Days

    1
    0.3
    0
    9
    21
    6.3
    6
    9
    2
    0.6
    0
    18
    22
    6.6
    6
    18
    3
    0.9
    0
    27
    23
    6.9
    6
    27
    4
    1.2
    1
    6
    24
    7.2
    7
    6
    5
    1.5
    1
    15
    25
    7.5
    7
    15
    6
    1.8
    1
    24
    26
    7.8
    7
    24
    7
    2.1
    2
    3
    27
    8.1
    8
    3
    8
    2.4
    2
    12
    28
    8.4
    8
    12
    9
    2.7
    2
    21
    29
    8.7
    8
    21
    10
    3.0
    3
    0
    30
    9.0
    9
    0
    11
    3.3
    3
    9
    31
    9.3
    9
    9
    12
    3.6
    3
    18
    32
    9.6
    9
    18
    13
    3.9
    3
    27
    33
    9.9
    9
    27
    14
    4.2
    4
    6
    34
    10.2
    10
    6
    15
    4.5
    4
    15
    35
    10.5
    10
    15
    16
    4.8
    4
    24
    36
    10.8
    10
    24
    17
    5.1
    5
    3
    37
    11.1
    11
    3
    18
    5.4
    5
    12
    38
    11.4
    11
    12
    19
    5.7
    5
    21
    39
    11.7
    11
    21
    20
    6.0
    6
    0
    40
    12.0
    12
    0

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.

    Exception: The CDF may not grant long service leave to a member on leave without pay (flexible service determination).

    See: Section 5.5.8, How much long service leave?

  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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