Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Cleaning Services Award 2010 [MA000022].
Maximum number of hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours full-time, part-time and casual employees can work in a week or day is:
- 7.6 hours in a day
- 5 days per week, or
- 38 hours in a week.
Averaging weekly hours
An employer and a 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 average of 38 hours per week can be worked in the following ways:
- 7.6 hours per day, 5 days per week
- 8 hours per day, 19 days per month
- 152 hours within a 28 day cycle which allows for the accumulation of rostered days off, or
- by agreement between the employer and a majority of employees. Employees can be rostered up to 10 hours per day allowing more frequent week days off.
Spread of hours
The ordinary hours in the Cleaning Services Award can be worked during Monday to Sunday.
The table below shows the minimum hours of work and payment, that a part-time or casual employee must be given.
|Where 1 employee is working at a small stand-alone location with a cleaning area of 300 square meters or less (and it is not possible for a longer shift to be worked across 2 or more locations).
|Working at a location with a total cleaning area of up to 2000 square meters.
||2 hours in a row
|Working at a location with a total cleaning area of between 2000 - 5000 square meters.
||3 hours in a row
|Working at a location with a total cleaning area of more than 5000 square meters.
||4 hours in a row
There may be different minimum hours for part-time and casual employees where there is an ongoing cleaning contract before 1 January 2010.
These hours will continue to apply until there is a change of contract or until 31 December 2014, whichever comes first.
If this is the case, check clause 24.2(g)-(h) of the Cleaning Award for the minimum daily hours that may apply.
The minimum daily hours for full-time employees depends on their rostered hours.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Cleaning Award summary.
Source reference: Cleaning Services Award 2010 [MA000022] clauses 24.1, 24.2(a) and, 24.2(b)-(h)