Labour Regulation Acts Administered
WorkSafe ACT is the government agency responsible in the ACT for the administration of several Acts that provide workers with minimum conditions of service provisions involving annual leave, long service leave, and parental leave. These are:
Entitlements to annual leave under the Annual Leave Act 1973 are affected by the Commonwealth's Workplace Relations Act 1996. Information on entitlements under the workplace relations system is available at www.workplaceauthority.gov.au.
Long Service Leave
Three separate government agencies govern the long service leave schemes in the ACT.
WorkSafe ACT administers the Long Service Leave Act 1976. The Act covers employees in the ACT private sector who are not covered by an industrial award or agreement, or in some cases, where an award or agreement does not contain provisions for long service leave. The Act may also exclude workers that are employed in the cleaning and construction industry.
For general information, including entitlements under the Long Service Leave Act 1976, please read our Guidance Note on Long Service Leave, or alternatively the Act is available on the legislation register at www.legislation.act.gov.au. For assistance in calculating a worker's Long Service Leave entitlement, please read our Long Service Leave calculation guideline.
If you are not employed by a business under a federal award or agreement, have read our Guidance Note on long service leave, and feel you have an entitlement to long service leave that is not recognised, you may request an authorised person within the Office of Regulatory Services (ORS) to investigate your claim by completing and submitting the following form to ORS.
ACT Long Service Leave Authority
Employees that work in the ACT building and construction industry, cleaning industry, community sector and security industry are usually covered by the Long Service Leave (Portable Schemes) Act 2009 which is administered by the ACT Long Service Leave Authority.
For more information on the role of the ACT Long Service Leave Authority or to lodge a claim, please visit www.actleave.act.gov.au/
The Fair Work Ombudsman
The Fair Work Ombudsman is an independent statutory office created by the Fair Work Act 2009 to promote harmonious, productive and cooperative workplace relations and ensure compliance with Commonwealth workplace laws.
For more information on the Fair Work Ombudsman, go to www.fairwork.gov.au.
Entitlements to parental leave under the Parental Leave (Private Sector Employees) Act 1992 are affected by the Commonwealth's Workplace Relations Act 1996. Information on entitlements under the workplace relations system is available at www.workplaceauthority.gov.au.
For all enquiries related to Public Holidays please contact the ACT Office of Industrial Relations on (02) 6207 5922 or refer to www.cmd.act.gov.au/communication/holidays.
For information on ACT school term dates click here - Public School Term Dates.
For all enquiries related to Daylights Savings please contact the ACT Office of Industrial Relations on (02) 6207 5922 or refer to www.cmd.act.gov.au/communication/holidays.
All Other Matters
For all wage, Enterprise Bargaining Agreement (EBA) and other conditions of service matters, you can call the Workplace Infoline on 1300 363 264 between 8.00am - 7.00pm Monday to Friday.
For Further Information
WorkSafe ACT provides an advisory and inspectorate function on these matters to assist employers and workers. Contact us for further information.