Contribution requirements vary dependant on what type of leave you are taking, and any conditions that may be applicable in accordance with your employment agreement.
Your normal fortnightly contributions are required to be paid if you take long service leave on full pay.
If you elect to take long service leave at half pay, it will not have any effect on the superannuation contributions that are due and the normal full-time superannuation contribution must still be paid.
An example of purchased leave is a 48/52 agreement. This means that you will receive the equivalent of 48 weeks salary spread over 52 weeks. You can choose between 44 and 52 weeks salary spread over 52 weeks as a purchased leave agreement.
Therefore, during the course of the year you will receive an extra four weeks paid annual leave but will receive less annual income.
ESSSuper will treat purchased leave as a reduction of your time fraction for the period of the purchased leave agreement.
For example, if you and your employer agree to a period of 48/52 for a designated period and your normal hours of work are full time, your employer will advise ESSSuper your time fraction is 0.92308 (1.0 x 48/52) for the designated period and your contribution deduction amount is reduced pro-rata.
School-based 48/52 Job Positions
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) employ some school-based staff in 48/52 classified positions, where the member has no choice but to take eight weeks leave each year to fit with
school terms. DEECD classify such positions as full time with a reduced salary.
ESSSuper does not treat such positions as a reduction of time fraction. If you are a DEECD member appointed to such a position, your salary may reduce. However, ESSSuper will continue to use your previous higher salary until the 48/52 salary overtakes it through normal wage increases (unless you elect for the reduced salary to apply).
You may have a Sabbatical Leave entitlement as a condition of your employment. If this is the case, you should consult an ESSSuper Member Education consultant, prior to entering into a Sabbatical Leave agreement, to establish how such leave affects your superannuation benefits at ESSSuper.
You are regarded as being on secondment for superannuation purposes if you are granted LWOP to work elsewhere with the consent of your current employer and your new employer agrees to meet the employer obligation's for your superannuation.
Secondment is generally a short-term arrangement for a period of no more than six months and is treated differently from LWOP as both the benefits and contribution payments are different.
Both your current employer and your new employer will be required to certify in writing to us that they have agreed to your secondment. Normal member and employer contributions must be paid throughout your period of secondment. Contributions are based on your superable salary for the position you held prior to your secondment
Check out what happens to your contributions while on LWOP