Hours of work

On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission made changes to part-time and casual provisions in some awards.

Our Pay Calculator and Pay guides have been updated to reflect these changes.

For information read Changes to casual and part-time entitlements in some awards. You can also read the Fair Work Commission's orders external-icon.png on their website.

Ordinary hours are an employee's normal and regular hours of work, which do not attract overtime rates.

Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements set out any:

  • maximum ordinary hours in a day, week, fortnight or month
  • minimum ordinary hours in a day
  • times of the day ordinary hours can be worked (eg. between 7am - 7pm).

The ordinary hours can be different for full-time, part-time and casual employees.

Spread of hours

The time of the day ordinary hours are worked is called the spread of hours (eg. between 7am - 7pm). Time worked outside the spread of ordinary hours can attract overtime rates.

Find more information about maximum and minimum hours of work and the spread of hours in your award by selecting from the list below.

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Maximum weekly hours

myth logo Myth: Long hours are just part of the job when you’re on a salary.

Fact: It's common for salary employees to be expected to work reasonable additional hours, however, you can't be asked to work any number of additional hours.

So how do you know what's reasonable? It depends on a few things, but a key factor is whether your salary is at least equal to what you would have earned under the award for the hours you worked (including any overtime or penalty rates that would have applied).

Check how your salary stacks up using our Pay Calculator to check your award pay.

An employee can work a maximum of 38 hours in a week unless an employer asks them to work reasonable extra hours. See our Maximum weekly hours fact sheet.

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.62 external-icon.png

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