Apply for Retention Leave


In accordance with Commissioners Determination 3.1 (Leave) eligible employees can access their entitlement to Retention Leave

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Eligible employees are public sector employees who have completed 15 or more years of effective service and who is either:

employed under the Education Act 1972, Parliament (Joint Services) Act 1985 or PS Act; or

subject to the long service leave entitlements provided in the PS Act, either as a result of regulation 13 of the Public Sector Regulations 2010 or some other industrial instrument (i.e. an Enterprise Agreement)

Entitlements to retention leave are also determined in accordance with the Public Sector Regulations 2010 and with proclamations published in the South Australian Government Gazette from time to time (see for example: Public Sector (Budget 2012) (Skills and Experience Retention Leave) Proclamation 2012; GG 6/12/2012, p. 5436). 

Retention Leave Resources

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Retention Entitlement - Frequently asked questions

PS Skills and Experience retention leave entitlement-Convert entitlement to a monetary amount

See also Apply to convert retention leave to a monetary amount

How to

Apply for Retention Leave:

If you currently apply for leave using HR21 self-service - submit an application for retention leave and refer to the FAQ HR21 (page11)

If you work for the Department for Education submit an application for retention leave via Employee Kiosk (EIK) 

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How to convert the entitlement to a monetary amount

  • Between 1 July and 31 August each year, you may elect to convert the Retention Leave accrued in the preceding financial year to a monetary amount.

  • To elect to receive a payment instead of taking leave, you must complete and submit the Nomination Form to Payroll Services by 31 August following the financial year in which the entitlement accrued. 

  • In accordance with an Australian Taxation Office Ruling, a flat withholding rate of 38.5% applies for payments made to an employee nominating to convert the retention entitlement to a monetary amount.

Retention Leave Resources

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