Clergy are entitled to long service leave (LSL). Long Service Leave for clergy is managed by the Anglican Long Service Leave Fund, a national program which allows clergy to move between parishes and diocese whilst maintaining their long service leave entitlement.


  • Clergy accrue 1.3 weeks of LSL for every year of service [From 1 January 2015, 1 week per year of service previously]
  • Clergy may apply to take LSL after 10 years of service.
  • Applications must be made to the Archbishop, at least three months prior to the period of leave
  • When leave is taken, the clergy person is paid their normal stipend and allowances, plus a Supplementary Payment from the LSL Fund.
  • The parish or entity which pays the stipend will receive a lump sum payment to reimburse the cost of providing a locum


  • Clergy: To find out how much LSL you have accrued and when you are eligible, please contact Ministry & Parish Support
  • Treasurers: The cost of LSL for 2019 is $1560 per clergy person, invoiced monthly.
  • Leave payments from the Fund are made to the Diocese which will transfer the lump sum payment to the parish, and the Supplementary payment to the clergy RPE account.


Long Service Leave is a national program, administered by participating Diocese. The Long Service Leave Fund is an agency of General Synod, and established by the Long Service Leave Canon 2010, which came into effect on 1 January 2015.