21 June 2024

One of NSW’s Largest Community Service Organisations commends Portable Long Service Leave amendment

Life Without Barriers commends the NSW Government on positive amendments to the Community Services Sector (Portable Long Service Leave) Bill 2024, giving care sector staff more choice and flexibility in their leave entitlements.

Claire Robbs, Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers said the recently passed legislation is a significant win for the care workforce.

“This legislation gives our workforce the flexibility and security that enables them to enjoy the benefits of their long service leave, even when they change employers in the sector,” Ms Robbs said.

“Not only will these changes help to retain our hardworking care and support workers, but we also see the change as benefitting the sector as a whole.

“For Life Without Barriers, we work across the community services sector including disability, out-of-home care and mental health support which means we have staff that can transition across directorates, bringing unique experience to each role.

“We believe this legislative change will enable those interdisciplinary skills to carry across the sector in a bigger way which, as we have seen in our organisation, greatly benefits the people we support through both care knowledge and experience.

“I want to acknowledge the dedication, compassion and incredible intelligence of those who work to support people who choose our services and am thrilled that they will now be able to accrue long service throughout their careers, no matter who they are employed by.

“We also commend the Australian Services Union and each and every care worker who fought for this legislative change.”

See the media release from the Australian Services Union here.

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