THE Victorian Government has accepted the recommendations of a Parliamentary Committee on the introduction of portable long service leave in the community services, security and contract cleaning industries.

State Minister for Industrial Relations, Natalie Hutchins has announced the Andrews Government will examine options for designing a viable portable long service leave schemes for these industries.

Portable Long Service leave has existed in the state for construction workers since 1975.

“Long service leave arrangements should meet the needs of our modern workplaces – that’s why we’re taking the steps necessary to look after workers and make sure they’re not short changed,” the minister said.

In its 2015 submission to the inquiry, AMMA said any proposal to extend long service leave portability to additional industries ‘would do little to increase investment, jobs or the appetite to do business in Victoria’.

“At a time of growing economic uncertainty, emerging unemployment, and the risk of a significant economic downturn, the imposition of additional labour costs and disincentives to employ would be precisely the wrong course of action to pursue,” AMMA said.

Click here to read AMMA’s full submission.

AMMA will keep members updated on this matter, including further opportunities for consultation.

For more information, contact AMMA’s policy team via [email protected] or 1800 621 771.