Hours of work

On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission made changes to part-time and casual provisions in some awards.

Our Pay Calculator and Pay guides have been updated to reflect these changes.

For information read Changes to casual and part-time entitlements in some awards. You can also read the Fair Work Commission's orders external-icon.png on their website.

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.

Electrical Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 [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.

Hours worked Averaged over...
76 hours 2 weeks in a row
114 hours 3 weeks in a row
152 hours 4 weeks in a row

Example:

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.

Minimum hours

Check the Electrical Award for different minimum daily hours on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays.

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 2010 [MA000025] clauses 24.2, 24.3, 24.4, 24.5 and 24.7 external-icon.png

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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 external-icon.png

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