Workers

How is my service accrued?

Who keeps track of it all?

When am I eligible?

How do I apply for an entitlement?

How long does it take to process an entitlement?

How is my entitlement calculated?

Do I have to pay tax on the payment?

When do I accrue my next entitlement?

Workers are able to log into the system to review their ‘service record’ and ‘personal information’ at any time. How to log on details can be found here.

How is my service accrued?

Historically workers accrued 13 weeks after 15 years (3,900 days) of service. Effective 1 January 2006 workers commenced accruing 13 weeks after 10 years (2,600 days) of service thereby accruing an entitlement more quickly.

Who keeps track of it all?

TasBuild maintain a centralised data base that records service accrued by workers engaged in relevant employment in Tasmania.  These records are collected when employers, or self-employed workers, submit their monthly/quarterly returns.  Workers are encouraged to access their online account by registering with TasBuild.

When am I eligible?

An entitlement is based on recorded service and not calendar years. When workers accrue 2,600 days service, a maximum of 260 working days per year, they have reached a long service entitlement.

If you are unsure of your eligibility you can check online,  or contact us.

Pro-rata entitlements are available under the following conditions:

Minimum 7 Years Required

Termination by the employer (other than for serious and wilful misconduct). Application for pro rata entitlement on this basis may be claimed after the ‘prescribed period’ of two months from date of termination. The entitlement will only be paid where during this period the employee has been actively seeking relevant employment within the Construction Industry for the whole of that period, without success, and is unemployed at the date of lodging the application. Written detail of attempts to obtain relevant employment must be provided together with the date and reason for termination.

Minimum 7 Years Required

You terminated your employment on account of a domestic or other pressing necessity which may include terminating your employment on account of illness or incapacity (of such a nature as to justify the termination). Application for pro rata entitlement on this basis may be claimed after the ‘prescribed period’ of two months from date of termination. The date of termination and specific details of the domestic or other pressing necessity that led to your termination must be provided. In relation to illness or incapacity a medical certificate must be provided indicating that;

  • It was necessary for you to terminate on account of illness or incapacity; and
  • Your illness or incapacity has prevented or will prevent you from engaging in relevant employment for the prescribed period

Minimum 2 Years Required

Termination by either yourself or your employer on or after your attaining the age of retirement. Date of termination must be provided along with proof of your retirement and your date of birth.

Minimum 55 Days Required

You terminated your employment on account of your illness or incapacity (of such a nature as to justify the termination), and the illness or incapacity will permanently prevent you from engaging in relevant employment. The date of termination must be provided along with a medical certificate indicating that: –

  • It was necessary for you to terminate on account of illness or incapacity; and
  • Your illness or incapacity permanently prevents you from engaging in relevant employment.

Minimum 55 Days Required

Pro-rata application by a deceased employee’s legal personal representative. A claim may be made provided the deceased employee’s last employment before the deceased’s death was relevant employment. Supporting documentation will need to be provided. Applicants must contact this office prior to submitting a claim and further information will be forwarded to the claimant.

NOTE:     If the reason for termination of employment resulted from: –

  • Retirement
  • Approved Early Retirement Scheme
  • Bona fide Redundancy

(Note: these apply only if the worker was engaged in relevant employment at the time  employment ceased and if the permanent disability is of such a nature that the worker cannot return to employment within the industry).

Pro-Rata termination entitlements may require supporting documentation, and also may be subject to expiry of specified time periods. Please contact TasBuild for further information.

How do I apply for an entitlement?

Download an entitlement application form or contact us to request an application form.

Alternatively you may submit an online application form and attach the relevant documents as per the checklist below.

When a 10 year entitlement has been accrued complete, sign and date pages 1 and 3 and return with the supporting documents.

As per the checklist on page 3 you will need to supply:

  • a recent pay slip
  • a copy of photographic ID (drivers licence or passport)
  • the top of a bank statement that shows the account name, BSB and account number and matches the information in section 4, page 3, of the Leave Application form.

Confirmation of your current wage will be obtained from your employer before the entitlement is paid.

All 3 pages should be completed, signed and dated for Pro-Rata termination applications and supporting documentation forwarded with the application.

Where TasBuild has an email address on file you will receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application and anticipated payment date.

How long does it take to process an entitlement?

Entitlement payments are generally made within three weeks of the lodgement of an application, on the next occurring Wednesday.

Workers wishing to have their entitlement paid on a specific Wednesday, after the normal three week processing period, may complete the option on page 1 of the application form.

Payments are made directly into your nominated bank account.

How is my entitlement calculated?

You are paid your ordinary gross weekly rate of pay, including applicable allowances, but excluding travel and fares allowances, overtime payments, casual  loading, etc.

Where there has been an abnormal wage variation, either increase or decrease, during the accumulation period, this may have an impact on the rate of pay for the payment.

Please be aware that TasBuild obligations do not include payment for public holidays should any occur within the period you receive a long service payment.

Do I have to pay tax on the payment?

Long service payments are taxable income. Tax is deducted from payments at the rate specified by the Australian Taxation Office.

When a leave application is for multiple weeks the entitlement will be paid in a lump sum and tax deducted as if you are receiving the payment on a weekly basis, i.e. the tax free threshold tax rate is applied. Payment only leave applications may have tax implications.

A PAYG payment summary  and Entitlement Statement are generated and posted the day the entitlement is processed for inclusion with your next tax return.

There are some instances where your Net ordinary weekly wage may be different depending on specific circumstances.

When do I accrue my next entitlement?

Subsequent entitlements are accrued upon the completion of each additional 5 years, (1,300 days), of relevant service.