Employment categories

Your employees can be hired as full-time, part-time and casual.


  • Employed on an ongoing basis to work an average of 38 hours per week.
  • Entitlements include paid annual and personal leave, public holidays, parental leave and in some cases long service leave.


  • Employed on an ongoing basis to work a regular set of hours, less than 38 hours per week.
  • Entitled to the same things as a full-time employee but on a pro rata basis (which means that it's based on the number of hours they work).


  • Doesn't usually have regular hours of work but can be employed to work regular hours.
  • Engaged and paid for the hours they work.
  • Receive a higher rate of pay but have fewer entitlements, eg. casuals don't accrue paid annual leave or paid personal leave.
  • In some circumstances, casuals are entitled to unpaid leave entitlements such as carer's leave and parental leave.
  • Long term casuals may be entitled to long service leave.

Notification and record-keeping requirements

At the time of hiring, you must tell your new employees whether they are full-time, part-time or casual. This information must be recorded and kept with your employee records.

Best Practice Tip

It is good practice to give your new employees a letter of engagement (templates available below) outlining this information and the Award that applies to their employment, as well as their other terms and conditions of employment. You can keep a copy with your time and wages records.


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Page last updated: 01 Sep 2010