Who is eligible?

All people defined as eligible employees working in the black coal mining industry are eligible for the long service leave scheme, including those:

  • working full-time, part-time or casual
  • working for contractors
  • working for job agencies.

Under the Coal Mining Industry (Long Service Leave) Administration Act 1992, people are considered eligible employees if they are:

  • employed in the black coal mining industry by an employer engaged in the black coal mining industry, whose duties are directly connected with the day to day operation of a black coal mine; or
  • employed in the black coal mining industry, whose duties are carried out at or about a place where black coal is mined and are directly connected with the day to day operation of a black coal mine; or
  • permanently employed with a mine rescue service for the purposes of the black coal mining industry
  • a prescribed person who is employed in the black coal mining industry (does not include a person declared by the regulations not to be an eligible employee for the purposes of the Act).

More information is available in our eligibility Guidance Note.