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LG Alert

The regulations for local government long service leave have been replaced after 46 years.

The State Government’s new Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations 2024 will take effect from 1 September 2024, providing the sector with lead in time to prepare for the changes.

The new regulations will improve the operation of the local government long service leave portability scheme, which is an integral part of local government employment conditions. This means that when staff change employment from one local government to another, all their service in the local government sector counts towards their accrual of long service leave.

The new regulations introduce a raft of changes intended to strengthen the system of long service leave entitlements for local government employees, including:

  • a longer permitted period of break between local government sector employers that maintain continuity of service
  • allowing Commonwealth paid parental leave to count towards long service leave accrual
  • allowing advanced long service leave and the cashing out of long service leave
  • clear protections for the entitlements in the event of unfair or unlawful dismissal.

More information about the new long service leave regulations is available on the DLGSC website.

Local government reform webinar 9

Please join us for a local government reform webinar explaining the new local government long service leave regulations and what they mean for the local government sector.

When: Tuesday 30 April 2024

Time: 1:00pm to 2:30pm AWST

Our regular reform webinar series allows sector stakeholders to hear more about the progress of local government reforms.

The presentation will include the following topics:

  • accrual periods
  • reckonable leave
  • transferability
  • rate of pay
  • taking leave
  • cashing out leave.

We encourage local government Chief Executive Officers, Human Resource Managers and Payroll Officers to attend.

The presentation will include an update on key local government reforms and be followed by a Q&A where you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Further information

If you have any queries please contact DLGSC’s local government reform team at

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Page reviewed 27 February 2023