Recognition of prior service procedure

Intent and objectives

To outline the University’s approach to Recognition of Prior Service.


This procedure applies to recognition of prior service entitlements for professional, academic, TAFE teaching, and senior executive staff.

For Childcare staff members RMIT will recognise service with other publicly funded Australian Universities that have reciprocal arrangements with RMIT and whose Chief Executive Officer is a member of the Australian Vice-Chancellors Committee. Service with other employers may be recognised at the discretion of the Vice-Chancellor or nominee.

The University will recognise prior service, between certain approved institutions and authorities, for the purposes of long service leave, accumulated sick leave credits and parental leave entitlements as follows:

  • RMIT Training Pty Ltd
  • RMIT Vietnam


Casual staff members (except where they may be entitled to certain unpaid leave)

Recognition of parental leave entitlements only apply to academic and professional staff, not to TAFE staff.



  • Provide Recognition of prior service application form with letter of offer and contract of employment.

Human Resources

  • Complete the Recognition of prior service form and get confirmation from your previous institution. Return the completed form to Human Resources within the specified notice period documented on the form.

Staff member

  • Determine the staff member’s eligibility based on the appropriate Award or Workplace Agreement provisions and confirmation from previous employer/s.
  • Notify the staff member, in writing, of the amount of service to be recognised for long service leave, sick leave and parental leave purposes.

Human Resources

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