Hours of work
Ordinary hours are an employee's normal and regular hours of work, which do not attract overtime rates.
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Understanding ordinary hours
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 (for example, 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 (for example, 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.
We don't have extra information here for your choice.
We only have extra information here for our most common industries. You'll need to check your award for minimum entitlements and obligations.
If you know your award you can access it from our List of awards page. If you don't, you can use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.
You can calculate entitlements and obligations for all awards using our:
If you're covered by a registered agreement, check the terms of your agreement for information. To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website .
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Don't know
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
Maximum weekly hours
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
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