Hours of work
JobKeeper changes to the Fair Work Act
The JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme helps qualifying employers significantly affected by coronavirus to keep paying their employees. To support the JobKeeper scheme in Australian workplaces, temporary JobKeeper provisions have been added to the Fair Work Act.
Under the Fair Work Act JobKeeper provisions, employers can give directions (called ‘JobKeeper enabling directions’) and make agreements with their employees to help manage their business in certain circumstances. Find out more at JobKeeper wage subsidy scheme.
For information about directing employees in the JobKeeper scheme to return to the workplace or perform work, go to Directions to return to work and the workplace.
Due to the impacts coronavirus is having on the community, a number of unions and employer associations are applying to the Fair Work Commission to increase award flexibility.
This may affect the entitlements on this page.
For a list of determinations and to see if your award is affected go to Temporary changes to workplace laws during coronavirus.
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.
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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- talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
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