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PORTABLE LONG SERVICE – Investing in Quality Community Services


The Palaszczuk Government has actioned their election commitment and are conducting an investigation into the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme for the Social and Community Services Industry.

Our union, on behalf of members made a submission supporting the establishment of a PLSL scheme for the Social and Community Services Industry a reality.

A copy of The Services Union submission can be viewed here.

We estimate there were over 300 individual employee submissions made, comprising of members and supporters of our campaign.

A full copy of the public submissions received by the Office of Industrial Relations (OIR)can be viewed here.

We are awaiting the OIR recommendations and in the mean time we encourage members to keep the campaign firmly in the mind of the Government so as to not loose momentum.

Members you can  support the campaign by:


  1. The Services Union submission in support of PLSL 
  2. All public submissions to the Office of Industrial Relations 
  3. PLSL Toolkit
  4. Supporting Campaign Poster
  5. Survey Results
  6. Member Profile – Dom’s Story
  7. Member Profile – Terese’s Story


  1.  Not So Super, For Women – Superannuation and Women’s Retirement Outcomes, our unions report on the growing inequity for women when it comes to superannuation.
  2. NDIS – our Lets Make It The Best It Can Be campaign.

 History of Our Investing In Quality Community Services Campaign:

The Federal Government needs to re-invest in community services, not just find ‘savings’ in the community sector.

‘Savings’, mean reduced services and staff cuts, leaving vulnerable Australians out in the cold.

This is why our union has established our  Investing in Quality Community Services Campaign.

Members of The Services Union Support:

  • Reinvestment in community services by governments;
  • Ceasing competitive tendering for community services;
  • Not-for-profit organisations as the primary provider of community services;
  • Five-year funding cycles;
  • Women-led services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence;
  • Recognition and protection of specialised services (e.g. Aboriginal, Refugee, Women);
  • A fully funded NDIS that allows for wages and conditions which value workers and ensure quality of service and dignity for people with disabilities;
  • Fair pay and protected portable entitlements for community sector workers;
  • The development and implementation of standards through the ACCDP which can be
    supported legislatively; and
  • A partnership approach between the Government, the sector and its workforce representatives to address the needs and interests of the people they support and the local communities in which they work.

Achievements to date: 

When SACS Members take action we achieve extraordinary things! Through member’s activism and campaigning in the last year we have achieved:

  • A move towards five-year funding cycles
  • Changes to the tender guidelines for existing services
  • Advancements in Women-led services for women and children who are victims of domestic violence
  • Commitment to ensuring not-for-profit organisations are the primary provider of community services
  • Significant funding commitments for reinvestment in Community Services by the Queensland Government

Click on this infographic to see the makeup of our sector:

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