Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) 2010 (LDO Award)
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Severance Payments in NSW Print
Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award - Redundancy/severance pay

Until 31 December 2014, any employee retrenched in NSW will have an increased severance entitlement when compared to the remainder of the country. The effect of sub-clause 12.5 of the LDO Award is that NSW employees made redundant are entitled to the following severance payments:

Years of Service

Under 45 Years of Age Entitlement

Over 45 Years of Age Entitlement

Less than 1 year



1 year and less than 2 years

4 weeks pay*

5 weeks pay*

2 years and less than 3 years

7 weeks pay*

8.75 weeks pay*

3 years and less than 4 years

10 weeks pay*

12.5 weeks pay*

4 years and less than 5 years

12 weeks pay*

15 weeks pay*

5 years and less than 6 years

14 weeks pay*

17.5 weeks pay*

6 years and over

16 weeks pay*

20 weeks pay*

*"Weeks pay" means the all purpose rate for the employee concerned at the date of termination, and shall include, in addition to the ordinary rate of pay:

  • over award payments,
  • shift penalties and allowances paid in accordance with the relevant clauses of the awards

This means that both the amount of severance payment and the method of calculation, that is, the definition of ‘week’s pay’, is more generous in NSW than elsewhere. This arrangement will cease on 31 December 2014.

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For more information, contact the Fair Work Ombudsman on 13 13 94 or visit the FWO website to submit your question.

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