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This resource will guide you through QLeave including its introduction, relevance to working directors and labour only subcontractors, and the registration process for an employer. QLeave is an essential scheme in Queensland and should be considered in detail when hiring registered workers. The scheme manages and prescribes certain criteria which must be met for workers to be entitled to portable long service leave.
The Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Scheme was established by the Queensland Government in 1991 to provide long service leave entitlements for workers in the building and construction industry.
It was recognised that the industry is project driven. For many workers, it would be impossible to accrue enough service to be eligible for long service leave under one particular employer, so the scheme provides benefits based on service to the industry.
The Building and Construction Industry Levy was imposed to provide funds for the scheme. The Levy is collected on all building and construction work in Queensland at a total cost of $80,000.00 or more. It is paid in conjunction with the Workplace Health and Safety Notification Fee and provides funds for training in the industry.
The Levy is payable prior to the issue of a development permit or prior to the start of work if no development permit is required. The Levy is payable on the total contract price (or the sum of the total contract prices if there is more than one).
The applicant named on the building or development application must pay the Levy so that local authorities and private certifiers can sight a receipted copy before providing a development permit.
Building and construction work is defined as any work performed in the building and construction industry and includes all constructing, deconstructing, reconstructing, renovating, altering, demolishing, relocating, maintaining, or repairing work.
The Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (Qld) provides for penalties of up to 40 penalty units for breaches of the Act.
The following persons are eligible to register for QLeave:
Despite carrying out building and construction work, the following persons may not be eligible to register for QLeave:
Under the Building and Construction Industry (Portable Long Service Leave) Act 1991 (Qld), an employer in the building and construction industry who engages eligible persons must:
Employers engaging eligible persons must complete an Employer Registration Application form and return it to QLeave.
An eligible worker must register for QLeave by completing a Worker Registration Application form and returning it to QLeave.
Employers who engage eligible workers must keep and maintain books and records showing:
Records must be kept for six years from the last entry and be made available for inspection by QLeave.