Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award [MA000036].
Maximum number hours
The maximum number of ordinary hours employees can work is:
- 8 hours per day
- an average of 38 hours per week (for a full-time employee).
Check clause 29.6 of the Plumbing Award for information on how to change ordinary hours.
Averaging weekly hours
An employer and a majority of employee can average employees’ hours over a 4 week work cycle.
This means an employee may work more than 38 hours one week, but less in another.
Spread of hours
The ordinary hours in the Plumbing Award can be worked during 7am - 6pm Monday to Friday.
An employee can also be directed to work ordinary hours of work on a Saturday or Sunday, but an additional loading must be paid for this work.
Changing the spread of hours
An employer and its employees can agree to start work earlier than 7am, so long as the starting time is between 6am - 8am.
Each time a casual employee works, they have to be given at least 3 hours of work. If they aren’t given at least these hours, they still have to be paid a minimum of 3 hours.
The minimum daily hours for full-time and part-time employees depends on their rostered hours.
Arranging hours of work
An employer and the majority of employees can agree to different arrangements for organising an employee’s 38 hour week. The matters that can be changed by agreement include:
- how the hours are averaged over a work cycle (usually 4 weeks but this can also be changed by agreement, up to a maximum of 3 months)
- how employees can accumulate a rostered day off
- working longer than 8 hours each day (but within the spread of ordinary hours).
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Plumbing Award summary.
Source reference: Plumbing and Fire Sprinklers Award [MA000036] clauses 14, 29 and 32