Skills and Experience Retention Leave Entitlement

25 August 2016

USE IT OR LOSE IT”

All Public Sector Employees with 15 or more years continuous Public Sector employment have an entitlement to 4 days Experience & Retention Leave per annum (Pro Rata for part-time employees). This entitlement came into effect on 1 July 2012 for all those with service in excess of 15 years.

Experience and Retention leave was instituted after a successful industrial campaign by the PSA after the previous entitlement to an additional six calendar days long service leave which was unilaterally abolished by the Rann Government. All previous accrued entitlements under the old scheme were retained. (Four pay days equal 5.6 calendar days)

This new entitlement though has some differences:

1.  An accrued balance cannot exceed five years - though no more than five years worth can be accrued, this does not come into effect until 1 July 2018. This was because the entitlement to the four days leave was phased in over a number of years.

2. The leave can be cashed out if applied for - the ability to cash out the leave is not at the employees substantive rate of pay but an amount determined by the government, increased annually and currently $190 per day. (This equated approximately to ASO2, 1st increment)

There are requirements for applying for this leave which are outlined in the information on the PSA website here.

Retention Leave is cashed out only if applied for. A retention leave entitlement that is not taken within 5 years at the end of the financial year it was accrued will be lost (after 1 July 2018). The PSA recommends that to ensure this does not happen, members should take retention leave before applying for Long Service Leave as Long Service Leave cannot be lost.

The employer is under no obligation to advise you that you have reached the point at which your leave may be lost. There are certain restrictions on when you can apply to have this leave cashed out. It is your responsibility to keep track of your leave to ensure that it is not lost.