Victoria’s portable long service benefits scheme has been operating since July 2019.
The Long Service Benefits Portability Act is supported by Regulations. The Victorian Government has reviewed the current Long Service Benefits Portability Interim Regulations 2019 to ensure that they give enough clarity to employers and workers about the coverage and operational aspects of the portable long service benefits scheme.
The new, permanent Long Service Benefits Portability Regulations 2020 have now been made.
These Regulations will come into effect on 1 October 2020, and replace the Interim Regulations on and from that day.
The permanent Regulations can be downloaded from www.legislation.vic.gov.au or purchased from the TIMG Bookshop.
The Long Service Benefits Portability Act and Regulations
The Regulations support the Long Service Benefits Portability Act 2018, which came into operation on 1 July 2019. The Regulations should be read in conjunction with the Act.
Before remaking the Regulations, Government carried out an extensive consultation process.
In May 2020, exposure draft Regulations were made available for public consultation. The exposure draft Regulations outlined the Government’s preliminary position. Government sought stakeholder and community views on that position.
As part of the review, a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) was prepared. The RIS assessed the impact of the proposed Regulations, including economic, environmental and social impacts. The RIS was also made available for public comment.
The public consultation on the Regulations closed on 27 June 2020. We would like to thank everyone who made submissions. All submissions (other than those that were marked confidential) are available to view and download below.
A range of consultation documents, including submissions, are provided to Scrutiny of Acts and Regulations Committee of Parliament under the Subordinate Legislation Act 1994.
Government carefully considered all the comments received before it arranged for the final Regulations to be made.
If you are unsure whether the scheme applies to you, or your employees, please contact the Portable Long Service Authority on 1800 517 158 or visit www.vic.gov.au/portable-long-service.
Library of all consultation documents
Submissions on 2020 Permanent Regulations
Submissions on 2019 Interim Regulations
Submissions on 2019 Draft Regulations
The submissions above were reviewed before publication and in some cases were partially redacted to:
- remove personally identifying details
- comply with the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014 (Vic)
- remove potentially defamatory material.
It is possible that not all comments received were published. Some submitters might have requested that their submission, or parts of their submission, be treated as confidential.