Entitlements for Christmas casuals

4 November 2019

Many businesses hire extra workers as Christmas casuals to cover the busy holiday period over Christmas and New Year.

Employers need to get proactive and check they’re meeting pay obligations to Christmas casuals.

Employees should make sure they know their minimum entitlements so they can spot if something’s wrong.

Under the Retail Award:

  • the adult (21 and over) casual rate starts from $26.76. Use our Pay Calculator to find minimum rates under the award
  • there’s a 3 hour minimum shift length – employers have to pay employees for this as a minimum, even if employees are sent home early
  • if working 4 hours or more, employees get a paid 10 minute break
  • if working more than 5 hours, employees also get a 30 - 60 minute unpaid break.

Remember, entitlements may be different if there’s an enterprise agreement in place but the base pay rate can’t be less than under the award.

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