I have accrued personal leave, and I am changing jobs from one public health service to another public health service. Can I take it with me?
Yes, up to a maximum of 180 days of personal leave.
You need to be transferring from, and to, a non-casual employment position.
What do I need to do?
When your employment ends, or if you convert to casual employment, the EBA requires your public health employer to provide you with a Certificate of Service.
If you secure another position with a different public health employer within the “allowable period of absence” between stints of public health employment, and provide your new employer with the Certificate of Service from your previous employer, your personal leave will transfer.
What is the allowable period of absence?
It is five weeks, plus any annual leave or long service leave that you are paid on terminating your employment with your first employer.
So, if you were paid out six weeks of annual leave (annual leave cannot be transferred to your new employer) that would be five weeks, plus six weeks, making for eleven weeks maximum between jobs.
What about Long Service Leave?
Service, for long service leave purposes, is portable between public health employers.
You simply follow the same steps as for transferring your accrued personal leave (as above).
Again, you need to be transferring from, and to, a non-casual employment position.
Are there any limits?
If you have 15 or more years’ service already, check with our Member Assistance Team first.
You cannot transfer casual service between employers unless you are full time or part time now, and it is previous casual service with your current employer, and you are taking up a new full- or part-time job. This should appear on your Certificate of Service.
How do I check if my new employer is a ‘public sector’ employer?
There is a list of public sector employers in Appendix 1 of the public sector nurses and midwives’ agreement. All of those in the list are considered public health sector, but it is not an all-inclusive list. See below for public health services as of June 2022.
If you are thinking of moving to an employer you think should or could be public sector, but is not named in Appendix 1, reach out the Member Assistance Team with the name of the employer so we can advise you correctly.
What if I stay on the casual bank with my old employer?
It makes no difference; you can still transfer your service to your new employer.
Public sector health employers as of June 2022 (taken from Appendix 1 of the 2020-2024 EBA)
Albury Wodonga Health (Wodonga Hospital)
Alexandra District Hospital
Bairnsdale Regional Health Service
Ballarat Health Services
Bass Coast Health
Beaufort and Skipton Health Service
Beechworth Health Service
Boort District Health
Calvary Health Bethlehem Hospital Limited
Casterton Memorial Hospital
Central Gippsland Health Service
Central Highlands Rural Health
Cohuna District Hospital
Colac Area Health
Darlingford Upper Goulburn Nursing Home
Dental Health Services Victoria
Djerriwarrh Health Services
East Grampians Health Services
East Wimmera Health Service
Echuca Regional Health
Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital
Ensay Bush Nursing Centre
Gippsland Southern Health Service
Goulburn Valley Health
Great Ocean Road Health
Hesse Rural Health Service
Heywood Rural Health
Indigo North Health Inc
Inglewood & District Health Service
Red Cliffs and Community Aged Care Services Inc (Trading as Jacaranda Village)
Kerang District Health
Kilmore District Health
Kooweerup Regional Health Services
Kyabram and District Health Service
Latrobe Regional Hospital
Lyndoch Living Limited
Mallee Track Health and Community Service
Mansfield District Hospital
Maryborough District Health Service
Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd
Mildura Base Public Hospital
Moyne Health Services
Northeast Health Wangaratta
Omeo District Health
Orbost Regional Health
Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute (Trading as Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre)
Portland District Health
The Queen Elizabeth Centre
Robinvale District Health Services
Rochester & Elmore District Health Service
The Royal Children’s Hospital
The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital
The Royal Women’s Hospital
Rural Northwest Health
South Gippsland Hospital
South West Healthcare
St Vincent’s Hospital (Melbourne) Limited
Stawell Regional Health
Swan Hill District Health
Tallangatta Health Service
Terang and Mortlake Health Service
Timboon & District Health Care Service
Tweddle Child & Family Health Service
West Gippsland Healthcare Group
West Wimmera Health Service
Western District Health Service
Wimmera Health Care Group
Yarram and District Health Service
Yea and District Memorial Hospital
Stand Alone Community Health Centres
Access Health and Community
Ballarat Community Health
Banyule Community Health
Bellarine Community Health Ltd
Bendigo Community Health Services Ltd
Castlemaine District Community Health Limited
Central Bayside Community Health Services Limited
Bentleigh Bayside Community Health (Trading as Connect Health and Community)
DPV Health Ltd
Gateway Health Limited
Gippsland Lakes Complete Health Limited
Grampians Community Health
Ranges Community Health (Trading as Inspiro)
IPC Health Ltd
Latrobe Community Health Service Limited
Merri Community Health Services Limited (Trading as Merri Health)
Nexus Primary Health
Nillumbik Community Health Service Ltd
North Richmond Community Health Limited
Northern District Community Health
Primary Care Connect
Star Health Group Limited
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health
Sunraysia Community Health Services Limited
Darebin Community Health Service (Trading as Your Community Health)