Casual employee entitlements

Casual employees are entitled to a casual loading for every hour they work. This loading compensates them for entitlements they don’t get such as paid annual leave and paid personal leave. Casual employees may also receive a higher rate of pay for work performed on a Saturday or Sunday.

Visit Finding the right pay for tools to help you calculate your casual employees minimum wages, including the casual loading and penalty rates.

When rostering your casual employees, every shift has to be at least 3 hours. If your casual employees work shifts that are less than 3 hours, they still need to be paid for 3 hours’ work.

Note: under the Retail Award, some casual high school students can work for a minimum of 1.5 hours. For more information and to find out who this applies to, visit the Hours of work section.

Check clause 13 of the Retail Award for more details about casual employees.

You can use our template letter of engagement (available below) when hiring a casual employee.

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Page last updated: 01 Sep 2010