In partnership with QCOSS, CSIA has been involved in supporting Portable Long Service Leave (PLSL) implementation, from sharing Industry concerns and learnings to providing important updates on the scheme.

We are now nine months into PLSL and here we share what we have learnt from QLeave about how the implementation is progressing.

Effective implementation

Most employers have now completed two quarterly returns with just over 100 employers yet to submit for the 1 April to 30 June quarter.

QLeave has just completed the reminder process for this most recent quarter for employers who haven’t paid their levy yet.

You would have noticed the new portal for completing returns this past quarter. And the return itself was simplified slightly from the first quarter. QLeave reports that implementation of the new portal generally ran smoothly.

QLeave will continue to make updates and refine the process creating a better user experience for you!

Tips for your returns

From what we have heard from Industry and QLeave here are our top tips to improve the way you make returns.

  • Administrative and legislative processes may change from time to time. This is for everyone’s benefit and the best way to deal with these changes is to be well-prepared and stay up to date with QLeave.
  • If you are using the spreadsheet to submit your return, don’t make any changes to the format. If you make any changes to the format, you will not be able to upload it into the portal.
  • Remember, PLSL is a legislative requirement so make sure you are prepared before each lodgement date to submit your return on time. QLeave is here to help you if you have any issues.

Workplace communication is key

It’s important that your staff have a good understanding of PLSL and what your role and responsibilities are as an employer.

While QLeave is the statutory authority administering the portable part of things, long service leave (LSL) itself is still the responsibility of the employer.

This means that the PLSL scheme does not negate an employer’s Industrial Relations Act obligations – that is, employers still have a responsibility to provide LSL for workers.

Like LSL and similar entitlements, the PLSL levy cannot be deducted from workers’ pay.

QLeave intends to open the portal for workers soon so that they can login. They will also provide your workers with an overview of service they have accrued with the scheme. Usually, this would be an annual long service leave statement but because of the delayed scheme implementation (from 1 January 2021), it will just be for the first 6 months scheme.

The next PLSL return is due on 14 October 2021.

For more information or if you have any questions or concerns contact QLeave.