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Construction Industry Long Service Leave and Benefits

 

Further information

  • Definition of construction work

 

Act
In February 2005 the Construction Industry Long Service Leave and Benefits Act (the Act), which came into affect on 1 July 2005, was passed by the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly enabling building and construction industry workers in the Territory to benefit from the introduction of a portable long service leave scheme. 

The object of the Act is to provide for the entitlements to long service leave and long service benefits for constructions workers through a scheme that:

  • recognises the particular circumstances of the construction industry and construction workers in the Territory;
  • allows, through intergovernmental agreements -
    • credits accrued under the scheme to be recognised by a similar scheme of a State; and
    • credits that were accrued under such a similar scheme to be recognised by the scheme; and
  • is funded primarily by a levy on construction work carried out in the Territory.

In November 2009 the Act was amended to introduce a variable threshold levy amount (effective from 1 July 2009) by the passing of the Construction Industry Long Service Leave and Benefits Amendment Act 2009 by the Northern Territory legislative Assembly. The amendment introduced a two tier levy regime for construction projects with construction costs in excess of $1billion.  This means the 'standard' prescribed levy rate which applies to all eligible construction projects under the scheme, is applied to the first $1billion and a projectís specific levy rate, determined by the responsible Minister, is applied to the project costs that exceed the $1billion threshold.

The consolidated version of the Construction Industry Long Service Leave and Benefits Act (incorporating all amendments) is available for downloading or viewing on the NT Government legislation database. Official copies of the Act can be purchased from the Government Printing Office.

 

Regulations
The Act requires a number of matters to be prescribed in Regulations.  The following Regulations have been made by the Administrator covering matters such as:

The Regulations are available for downloading or viewing on the NT Government legislation database.  Official copies of the Regulations can be purchased from the Government Printing Office.

 

Determinations
The Act requires a number of matters to be determined by the governing NT Build Board. A total of fourteen (14) Determinations were made by the Board on 1 July 2005 (Gazetted 1 July 2005) and cover matters such as:

  • construction worker and employer registers;
  • application for registration;
  • qualifying service;
  • employee and contractor rates of pay;
  • reporting and recordkeeping obligations;
  • transfer of credits;
  • recognition of previous service; and
  • recognition of qualifying service.

The Construction Industry Long Service Leave and Benefits Determinations are available for downloading or viewing on the NT Government legislation database. Official copies of the Determinations can be purchased from the Government Printing Office.

 

Further information
Definition of construction work
For the purpose of the Act, construction work covers civil works, land draining and reclamation, earthworks, site restoration and landscaping. It also includes altering, repairing, restoring, maintaining, dismantling, demolishing or removing buildings, structures or fittings and fixtures therein.

Construction work is defined in section 6 of the Construction Contracts (security of Payments) Act, available for downloading or viewing on the NT Government legislation database.

For more information on the definition of construction work please refer to the definition published under the about NT Build menu and the Fact Sheets published under the publications menu on this web site or phone NT Build on 1300 795 855.

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