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Ask Maddy: transferring service to another employer

Ask Maddy: transferring service to another employer

Madeleine Harradence, Assistant Secretary of ANMF (Vic Branch)

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

Alfred Health

Alpine Health

Austin Health

Bairnsdale Regional Health Service

Ballarat Health Services

Barwon Health

Bass Coast Health

Beaufort and Skipton Health Service

Beechworth Health Service

Benalla Health

Bendigo Health

Boort District Health

Calvary Health Bethlehem Hospital Limited

Casterton Memorial Hospital

Castlemaine Health

Central Gippsland Health Service

Central Highlands Rural Health

Cohuna District Hospital

Colac Area Health

Corryong Health

Darlingford Upper Goulburn Nursing Home

Dental Health Services Victoria

Djerriwarrh Health Services

East Grampians Health Services

East Wimmera Health Service

Eastern Health

Echuca Regional Health

Edenhope & District Memorial Hospital

Ensay Bush Nursing Centre

Gippsland Southern Health Service

Goulburn Valley Health

Great Ocean Road Health

Heathcote 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

Maldon Hospital

Mallee Track Health and Community Service

Mansfield District Hospital

Maryborough District Health Service

Melbourne Health

Mercy Hospitals Victoria Ltd

Mildura Base Public Hospital

Monash Health

Moyne Health Services

NCN Health

Northeast Health Wangaratta

Northern Health

Omeo District Health

Orbost Regional Health

Peninsula 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

Seymour 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

Western Health

Wimmera Health Care Group

Yarram and District Health Service

Yarrawonga Health

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

Cohealth 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)