Supporting contract workers with long service benefits

The Victorian Government is making things fairer for people working in security, contract cleaning and community services with the commencement of the Portable Long Service Benefits Scheme on 1 July 2019.

It means Victorians in these industries will now be able to accrue long service entitlements and transfer them from job to job within the same industry.

The scheme returns fairness and security to workers in these sectors, who often perform the same work, in the same place, for many years, without being able to accrue long service.

A parliamentary committee found such instances were common across the cleaning, security and community services industries.

Victorian businesses have from 1 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 to register for the scheme and from October 2019, will be required to submit quarterly returns detailing days worked and pay received for their employees.

They will then pay a levy to the Portable Long Service Authority which will invest the funds and use them to pay workers when they claim long service.

Any new businesses in these industries has three months from establishment to register.

The authority, headquartered in Bendigo and employing more than 30 people, is responsible for administering the scheme and ensuring compliance.

Source: Vic Government