Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award [MA000025].
Maximum number of hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours employees can work is:
- 8 hours per day
- 12 hours per day by agreement with the majority of employees
- 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 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 Electrical Award can be worked during 6am - 6pm on Monday to Friday.
Changing the spread of hours
An employer and their employees can agree to change the spread of hours above.
Check the Electrical Award for different minimum daily hours on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.
Each time a casual employee works, they need 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.
Arranging hours of work
There are different arrangements that can be used to organise an employee's 38 hour week. These include:
- working less than 8 hours each day
- taking a fixed day off in a work cycle
- all employees taking a fixed day off in a work cycle.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Electrical Award summary.
Source reference: Electrical, Electronic and Communications Industry Award [MA000025] clauses 13.2, 13.3, 13.4, 13.5, 11 and 13.7