Hours of work

Ordinary hours are an employee's normal and regular hours of work, which do not attract overtime rates.

Awards or registered agreements set out the:

  • maximum ordinary hours in a day, week, fortnight or month
  • minimum ordinary hours in a day
  • times of the day ordinary hours can be worked (eg. between 7am - 7pm).

The ordinary hours can be different for full-time, part-time and casual employees.

Maximum weekly hours

An employee can work a maximum of 38 ordinary hours in a week.

Spread of hours

The times of the day ordinary hours are worked is called the spread of hours (eg. between 7am - 7pm). Time worked outside the spread of ordinary hours can attract overtime rates.

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Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth) section 62 external-icon.png

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