Review of casual employment terms in most awards

Published 27 September 2021 | Updated 15 October 2021

The Fair Work Commission (the Commission) has been reviewing casual employment terms in most awards. Find out more below.

What’s changing

The Commission’s changes make sure that awards are consistent with the changes to casual employment under the Fair Work Act that started in March 2021. The changes are different from award to award. Examples of how awards have changed include:

  • adding the new definition of casual employment
  • referring to the new casual conversion provisions in the Fair Work Act, if the current award clauses aren’t as beneficial or operate differently
  • removing any requirements for employers to specify hours or likely hours for casual employees.

Learn more about the Commission's review at Fair Work Commission – Casual terms award review 2021 external-icon.png.

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Find out if your award is affected

At this stage, the Commission has finalised its review of most awards. To find out if your award is affected, check the List of affected awards below.

Access the final determination for your award

If the Commission has completed its review of your award, you can access the final determination to see how your award has been changed. These changes come into effect from 27 September 2021. To do this, go to Fair Work Commission – Determinations for the casual terms award review 2021 external-icon.png .

Access your award

You can access your award from our List of awards page.

Not sure which what award covers you? Use our 3-step Find my award tool.

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List of affected awards

Below is the list of awards affected by the Commission's review of casual terms:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Workers and Practitioners and Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Services Award
  • Aged Care Award
  • Aircraft Cabin Crew Award
  • Airline Operations-Ground Staff Award
  • Air Pilots Award
  • Airport Employees Award
  • Alpine Resorts Award
  • Aluminium Industry Award
  • Ambulance and Patient Transport Industry Award
  • Amusement, Events and Recreation Award
  • Animal Care and Veterinary Services Award
  • Aquaculture Industry Award
  • Architects Award
  • Asphalt Industry Award
  • Banking, Finance and Insurance Award
  • Black Coal Mining Industry Award
  • Book Industry Award
  • Broadcasting, Recorded Entertainment and Cinemas Award
  • Building and Construction General On-site Award
  • Business Equipment Award
  • Car Parking Award
  • Cemetery Industry Award 
  • Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award
  • Children's Services Award
  • Clerks - Private Sector Award
  • Coal Export Terminals Award 
  • Commercial Sales Award
  • Contract Call Centres Award
  • Cement, Lime and Quarrying Award
  • Cleaning Services Award
  • Concrete Products Award
  • Corrections and Detention (Private Sector) Award
  • Cotton Ginning Award
  • Dredging Industry Award
  • Dry Cleaning and Laundry Industry Award 
  • Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award
  • Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award
  • Educational Services (Teachers) Award
  • Electrical Power Industry Award
  • Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award
  • Fast Food Industry Award
  • Food, Beverage and Tobacco Manufacturing Award 
  • Fire Fighting Industry Award
  • Fitness Industry Award 
  • Funeral Industry Award
  • Gardening and Landscaping Services Award
  • Gas Industry Award 
  • General Retail Industry Award
  • Graphic Arts, Printing and Publishing Award
  • Hair and Beauty Industry Award
  • Health Professionals and Support Services Award 
  • Higher Education Industry-Academic Staff-Award 
  • Higher Education Industry-General Staff-Award
  • Horticulture Award
  • Horse and Greyhound Training Award
  • Hospitality Industry (General) Award
  • Hydrocarbons Field Geologists Award
  • Hydrocarbons Industry (Upstream) Award
  • Joinery and Building Trades Award
  • Journalists Published Media Award
  • Labour Market Assistance Industry Award
  • Legal Services Award
  • Live Performance Award 
  • Local Government Industry Award
  • Mannequins and Models Award
  • Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award
  • Marine Tourism and Charter Vessels Award 
  • Marine Towage Award
  • Maritime Offshore Oil and Gas Award
  • Market and Social Research Award
  • Meat Industry Award
  • Medical Practitioners Award
  • Mobile Crane Hiring Award
  • Mining Industry Award
  • Miscellaneous Award
  • Nurses Award
  • Nursery Award
  • Oil Refining and Manufacturing Award
  • Passenger Vehicle Transportation Award
  • Pastoral Award 
  • Pest Control Industry Award 
  • Pharmaceutical Industry Award 
  • Pharmacy Industry Award 
  • Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award 
  • Port Authorities Award 
  • Ports, Harbours and Enclosed Water Vessels Award 
  • Poultry Processing Award 
  • Premixed Concrete Award 
  • Professional Diving Industry (Industrial) Award 
  • Professional Diving Industry (Recreational) Award
  • Professional Employees Award
  • Racing Clubs Events Award
  • Racing Industry Ground Maintenance Award 
  • Rail Industry Award
  • Real Estate Industry Award
  • Registered and Licensed Clubs Award
  • Restaurant Industry Award
  • Road Transport and Distribution Award
  • Road Transport (Long Distance Operations) Award
  • Salt Industry Award
  • Seafood Processing Award
  • Seagoing Industry Award
  • Security Services Industry Award
  • Silviculture Award 
  • Social, Community, Home Care and Disability Services Industry Award
  • Sporting Organisations Award
  • Stevedoring Industry Award
  • Storage Services and Wholesale Award
  • Sugar Industry Award
  • Supported Employment Services Award
  • Surveying Award Telecommunications Services Award
  • Textile, Clothing, Footwear and Associated Industries Award
  • Timber Industry Award
  • Transport (Cash in Transit) Award
  • Travelling Shows Award
  • Vehicle Manufacturing, Repair, Services and Retail Award
  • Waste Management Award
  • Water Industry Award
  • Wine Industry Award 
  • Wool Storage, Sampling and Testing Award

State public sector and enterprise modern awards

There are also some state public sector and enterprise modern awards being reviewed by the Commission. Learn more about those awards by going to Fair Work Commission – Casual terms award review 2021 external-icon.png .

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More information

Find out more about the Commission’s review of casual terms at Fair Work Commission – Casual terms award review 2021 external-icon.png. You can also read the Commission's 27 September decision external-icon.png confirming they have issued final determinations for affected awards.

Not sure which award you’re covered by? Use our 3-step Find my award tool.

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