Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Children's Services Award [MA000120].
Maximum number of hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours employees can work in a week or day is different for full-time, part-time and casual employees.
Full-time maximum hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours a full-time employee can work is:
- 8 hours in a day (with 1 day of up to 10 hours where the employee agrees)
- 38 hours in a week.
Part-time maximum hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours a part-time employee can work is:
- 8 hours in a day
- less than 38 hours in a week.
Casual maximum hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours a casual employee can work is 8 hours in a day.
Averaging weekly hours
An employer and full-time employee 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 76 hours over 2 weeks.
She works 42 hours the first week, and 34 hours the second week. 42 + 34 = 76 hours.
This means that over 2 weeks she has worked an average of 38 hours per week.
Spread of hours
The ordinary hours in the Children's Services Award can be worked during 6am - 6.30pm on Monday to Friday.
Each time a part-time or casual employee works, they have to be given at least 2 hours of work in a row.
If they aren't given these hours, they still have to be paid a minimum of 2 hours.
The minimum daily hours for a full-time employee will depend on their rostered hours.
Arranging hours of work
There are different arrangements that can be used to organise an employee's 38 hour week. These include:
- working shorter days (eg. less than 8 hours per day)
- rostering employees off
- accumulating an RDO (with a maximum of 5 to be taken in a row).
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Children's Services Award summary.
Source reference: Children's Services Award [MA000120] clauses 10.3, 10.4, 10.4(e), 10.5(c), 10.5(e), 21.1, 21.2, 21.3 and 21.4