For entitlements from 1 July 2012

Long service leave is a leave entitlement granted to employees for 'long service' to an employer. Entitlements are contained in either state legislation or in federal awards and agreements. In Tasmania, the main piece of legislation covering employees in the private sector is the Long Service Leave Act 1976. This Act was amended effective 1 July 2012. If you are seeking information relating to a possible entitlement before that date please contact WorkSafe Tasmania.

The aim of this Guide is to provide an easy to read description of long service leave basics together with an explanation of certain terms used in the Act. It should not be seen as a substitute for the Act.

A number of issues covered in the Guide have been the cause of misunderstandings and, in some cases, disputes. A number of these disputed matters have been sorted out in the Tasmanian Industrial Commission.

Tasmanian Industrial Commission - website and decisions.

The Guide also contains a section dealing with frequently asked questions, such as:

  • can long service leave be 'cashed in'?
  • are casual employees entitled to long service leave?
  • can an employee work for another employer while on long service leave?

The relevant sections of the Act are highlighted in brackets throughout the Guide.

Although a guide only, care has been taken to ensure that the information is accurate. However, legislation is subject to alteration so it is in your interests to keep up to date with those changes.

WorkSafe Tasmania administers the Long Service Leave Act 1976 and its officers are able to assist with any long service leave enquiry. Information and assistance on long service leave is available from:

WorkSafe Tasmania on

  • 1300 366 322 (in Tasmania) or (03) 6166 4600 (outside Tasmania)
  • your employer organisation
  • your union

Links to the Acts and regulations page.