Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Children’s Services Award [MA000120].
Notification of rosters
An employer needs to put staff rosters in a place that all employees on the roster can access easily.
An employee’s roster can be changed:
- at any time, if the employer and employee agree, or
- if the employer gives the employee 7 days’ notice.
Employers need to record these agreements in writing. The record can be digital, for example, an email or text message.
Check the Children’s Services Award for more information on changing rosters when transferring from one location to another.
When there is an emergency, an employer doesn’t have to give 7 days’ notice in writing to change the roster.
An emergency is:
- a situation or event that poses an imminent or severe risk to people at an education and care service premises
- a situation that requires the education and care service premises to be locked down.
It is not an emergency when a parent doesn’t pick up a child on time.
Overtime when rosters are changed
If an employer changes an employee’s roster without giving 7 days’ notice, they need to be paid overtime until 7 days have passed from the date the notice was given, unless it is an emergency.
In an emergency, an employee can work up to 1 additional hour at their ordinary rate. If the employee works more than 1 hour of emergency overtime in the week, they have to be paid at their overtime rate during the emergency overtime.
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] clause 21.7 and clause 23.2(c)