53. Long Service Leave

53.1 An employee will be entitled to long service leave after completing 10 years of continuous paid service. Long service leave will accrue at the rate of 1.3 weeks for each year of continuous service and on a pro rata basis for an incomplete year.

53.2 An employee eligible for long service leave will be entitled to payment in lieu of long service leave, on resignation, or retirement, or to the estate in the event of death of the employee.

53.3 An employee may on written request take the leave wholly or in part, with a minimum of two (2) weeks being taken. However, one (1) week may be taken in exceptional circumstances. An employee may also, subject to operational requirements of the University, apply to take extended leave on pro-rata pay (instead of a shorter period on full pay).

53.4 An employee will be granted long service leave at the time of their choosing provided they have given six (6) months notice, in writing. Where an employee gives less than six (6) months notice, the request will normally be accommodated. However, where there is mutual agreement between the employee and the delegated officer, notice of leave may be waived.

53.5 Where an employee has accrued an entitlement of 18 weeks long service leave the Vice-Chancellor may direct the employee, in writing, to take a minimum of five weeks leave within the following 12 month period; or the employee may elect to take a money equivalent of a minimum of five weeks entitlement for the leave accrued in excess of 13 weeks.