Temporary Clerks Award flexibility
On 28 March 2020, the Fair Work Commission varied the Clerks Award by adding a new Schedule I. It was initially due to stop operating on 30 June 2020.
On 30 June 2020 they extended and changed parts of Schedule I. The extended sections and new changes apply until 30 September 2020.
Schedule I adds award flexibility to the Clerks Award during the impact of coronavirus. It changes entitlements relating to:
- span of hours while working at home
- hours of work for full-time and part-time employees
- annual leave.
The new Schedule I applies to employers and employees covered by the Clerks Award.
While Schedule I operates, an employee’s usual terms and conditions of employment under the Clerks Award continue to apply, unless they’ve been changed by Schedule I. If they have, Schedule I applies instead.
These changes may affect the information on this page.
Go to Clerks Award flexibility during coronavirus for more information about Schedule I and when it applies.
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Clerks - Private Sector Award [MA000002].
Maximum number of hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours employees can work is:
- 10 hours per day
- 38 hours per week.
Averaging weekly hours
An employer can average the employee’s hours over more than a week.
This means the employee may work more than 38 hours one week, but less in another.
Options for averaging weekly hours
The table below shows the options for averaging 38 hours per week.
||2 weeks in a row
||3 weeks in a row
||4 weeks in a row
Cindy works full-time and averages her 38 hours a week by working 152 hours over 4 weeks.
She works 42 hours the first week and second week, and 34 hours the third and fourth week. 42 + 42 + 34 + 34 = 152 hours.
This means that over 4 weeks she has worked an average of 38 hours per week.
Spread of hours
The ordinary hours in the Clerks Award can be worked during the following times:
|Monday - Friday
|7am – 7pm
||7am – 12.30pm
When the majority of employees are covered by an award that is not the Clerks Award, the spread of hours from that award will apply to the clerical staff as well.
Changing the spread of hours
An employer and an employee or the majority of employees can agree to change the spread of hours by:
- adding up to one hour to one or both ends of the spread (such as 6am to 8pm Monday to Friday), or
- shifting the spread of hours up or down by up to an hour (such as 6am to 6pm or 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday).
Each time a part-time or casual employee works, they have to be given at least 3 hours of work in a row.
If they aren't given these hours, they still have to be paid a minimum of 3 hours.
The minimum daily hours for a full-time employee will depend on their rostered hours.
Check the Clerks Award for different minimum daily hours on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Clerks Award summary.
Source reference: Clerks - Private Sector Award [MA000002] clauses 13.1-13.7, 10.5 and 11.4