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This calculator will assist you to calculate an employee's accumulated entitlement as per the Long Service Leave Act 1955. In New South Wales all employees who have been employed a minimum of 5 years may have some entitlement to Long Service Leave. This calculator will help you determine whether an employee has an entitlement and what that entitlement may be.

Period of employment

Start Date
End Date

Leave without pay

Please enter the periods you were absent from work where you were not paid (such as parental Leave)


Long service leave already taken (whole weeks)

- 0 +

Accrued long service leave : weeks

Employment started on:
Long service leave accrual calculated to:

About this calculator

  • The long service leave calculator uses the NSW Long Service Leave Act (1955) to calculate long service leave entitlements.
  • Results should be verified by an independent party (e.g. payroll office, accountant or employer, union or legal representative).

Please note:

Once an employee has completed 15 years of service, only completed years of service will count towards long service leave, and the period of service ends at the last completed year. The long service leave calculator is programmed to reflect this provision of the Act.

Parental Leave

Section 22 of the Fair Work Act 2009 defines the meaning of service and continuous service. Under this section any period of unpaid leave or unpaid authorised absence (such as parental leave) does not break a national system employee’s continuous service with his or her national system employer, but does not count towards the length of the employee’s continuous service.

An example of this would be, if a worker was employed for 10 years and took 1 year of parental leave the worker would need to work a further 12 months to take the 10 year entitlement.

Important disclaimer

While all effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of results, users are encouraged to obtain their own independent advice from a payroll office, accountant, union or other qualified industry professional. 

NSW Industrial Relations disclaims any liability (including for negligence) to any person in respect of: anything; and the consequences of anything, done, or not done, by any such person in whole or partial reliance upon the whole or part of the information on this website