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Long service leave

(professional staff)

Long-service leave can be taken after 10 years of unbroken service, and is paid out on termination after 5 years service, and on resignation after 10 years service. Service at other Australian universities can be recognised as service to Macquarie in some circumstances. 

Unbroken or “Continuous Service” is defined as where the staff member has not had a break in work (which includes both paid service and approved leave) for more than three months.

The right to long service leave applies to all staff, including part-time and casual staff, who accrue long service leave on a pro-rata basis.

If more than 4.5 months of long service leave is accumulated, staff may be required to take a minimum of 6 weeks with 12 months written notice.

Why it pays to be union-

There may be disputes as to what constitutes ‘continuous service’ (especially for casual staff) or instances where management may request you to take leave at a time or for a duration which is not in your interests. As an NTEU member you have access to guidance and support with advocating for your preferences, and assistance with escalating concerns when necessary.

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