Temporary changes to the Fast Food Award
Between 19 May 2020 and 31 July 2020 the Fast Food had a temporary Schedule H. Schedule H changed entitlements under the award relating to:
- part-time work
- annual leave.
The Schedule applied to:
- employees covered by the Fast Food Award who didn’t qualify for JobKeeper payments
- employers covered by the Fast Food Award who weren’t eligible for JobKeeper payments.
For the time that Schedule H operated, an employee’s usual terms and conditions of employment under the Fast Food Award continued to apply, unless changed under Schedule H.
Schedule H in the Fast Food Award stopped applying from 31 July 2020. The standard award provisions detailed on this page now apply.
Go to Fast Food Award flexibility during coronavirus for more information about the changes that applied under Schedule H.
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Fast Food Industry Award [MA000003].
Maximum number hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours employees can work is:
- 11 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
An employer and employee can agree to average the hours over a longer period than 4 weeks.
Cindy works full-time and averages her 38 hours a week by working 114 hours over 3 weeks.
She works 42 hours the first week, 38 hours the second week and 34 hours the third week. 42 + +38 + 34 = 114 hours.
This means that over 3 weeks she has worked an average of 38 hours per week.
Spread of hours
The ordinary hours in the Fast Food Award can be worked at any time on any day of the week.
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.
Arranging hours of work
An employee can work a maximum of 5 days a week. If ordinary hours are worked on 6 days, the next weeks hours will be worked on a maximum of 4 days.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Fast Food Award summary.
Source reference: Fast Food Industry Award [MA000003] clauses 11, 12, 12.1(a), 12.5, 13.4, 25.2, 25.3, 25.4 and 26.1(a)