Changes to casual & part-time entitlements in some awards

Updated 25 January 2018

On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission (Commission) external-icon.png varied certain overtime rates and minimum shift entitlements for casual and part-time employees in several awards.

These changes apply from the first full pay period on or after 1 January 2018.

Who do the changes affect?

The changes are different for each award, so they affect employers and employees differently depending on the award they're covered by.

Find out what the changes are to the:

The decision introduces overtime rates for casual employees in many of these awards and changes how part-time hours can be worked in others.

If you think you might be covered by one of these awards but aren't sure, you can use Find my award to find out which covers you.

When will our tools be updated?

Our website, Pay Calculator and Pay Guides have been updated to reflect these changes.

What are the changes?

Fast Food Award

Casual employees now have an entitlement to overtime pay.

They get overtime when working:

  • more than 38 hours per week, or an average of 38 hours per week over a roster cycle
  • more than 11 hours on any day.

Hair and Beauty Award

Casual employees now have an entitlement to overtime pay.

They get overtime when working:

  • more than 38 hours per week, or an average of 38 hours per week over a roster cycle
  • more than 10.5 hours per day.

Hospitality Award

Part-time employees

Part-time employees are engaged for a minimum of 8 hours and less/fewer than 38 ordinary hours per week over a roster cycle.

Employers and employees must agree on the minimum number of hours to be worked each week and the times the employee is available to work.

Part-time employees can be rostered for additional hours during their availability period without getting payment for overtime.

A part-time employee who regularly works additional hours for 12 months may ask to increase their guaranteed hours. Employers may only refuse on reasonable business grounds.

Casual employees

Casual employees now have an entitlement to overtime pay.

They get overtime when working:

  • more than 38 hours per week, or an average of 38 hours per week over a roster cycle (which may not exceed 4 weeks)
  • more than 12 hours per day.

Passenger Vehicle Award

School bus drivers transporting students to and from school can be rostered for 1 or 2 shifts per day. Each shift needs to be a minimum of 2 hours.

Pastoral Award

A new 2-hour minimum engagement for dairy operators 18 years or younger who are full-time secondary school students.

Rail Award

Changes to the calculation of overtime, shift penalties and weekend penalties.

Registered Clubs Award

Part-time employees

Part-time employees are engaged for a minimum of 8 hours and less/fewer than 38 ordinary hours per week over a roster cycle.

Employers and employees must agree on the minimum number of hours to be worked each week, and the times the employee is available to work.

Part-time employees can be rostered for additional hours during their availability period without getting payment for overtime.

A part-time employee who regularly works additional hours for 12 months may ask to increase their guaranteed hours. Employers may only refuse on reasonable business grounds.

Casual employees

Casual employees now have an entitlement to overtime pay.

They get overtime when working:

  • more than 38 hours per week, or an average of 38 hours per week over a roster cycle (which may not exceed 4 weeks)
  • more than 12 hours per day or shift.

Casuals may also be entitled to a meal allowance when working overtime.

Restaurant Award

Part-time employees

Part-time employees are engaged for a minimum of 8 hours and less/fewer than 38 ordinary hours per week over a roster cycle.

Employers and employees must agree on the minimum number of hours to be worked each week, and the times the employee is available to work.

Part-time employees can be rostered for additional hours during their availability period without getting payment for overtime.

A part-time employee who regularly works additional hours for 12 months may ask to increase their guaranteed hours. Employers may only refuse on reasonable business grounds.

Casual employees

Casual employees now have an entitlement to overtime pay.

They get overtime when working:

  • more than 38 hours per week, or an average of 38 hours per week over a roster cycle (which may not exceed 4 weeks)
  • more than 12 hours per day or shift.

Casuals may also be entitled to a meal allowance when working overtime.

Retail Award

Casual employees now have an entitlement to overtime pay.

They get overtime when working:

  • more than 38 hours per week, or an average of 38 hours per week over a roster cycle
  • outside of the span of ordinary hours
  • more than 11 hours on one day of the week, and more than 9 hours on any other day of the week.

Social and Community Services Award

Part-time rosters no longer need to have the same amount of hours in each week. Employees and employers may agree to have a different amount of hours in each week over a roster cycle.

Roster variations can be for short term or permanent changes to the roster.

Wine Award

The minimum payment for casual employees doing pruning or harvesting work during unexpected wet weather has been reduced from 4 hours to 2 hours.

More information

You can read the Commission's full decision external-icon.png, and more about the review into part-time external-icon.png and casual employment external-icon.png on the Commission's website.

Published 19 December 2017

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