A roster is a timetable that shows the days and times employees are required to work.

Changing rosters

When an employer wants to change an employee’s regular roster or ordinary hours of work, they have to discuss it with the employees first. They have to:

  • provide information about the change (for example, what the change will be and when)
  • invite employees to give their views about the impact of the change
  • consider these views about the impact of the change.

Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements can set out extra rules about changing rosters and how and when employees are given rosters.

Find information about rosters in your award by selecting from the list below.

Health Services Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Health Professionals and Support Services Award [MA000027].

Notification of rosters

An employer has to put the staff rosters in a place that all employees can access easily.

Rosters have to be given to employees at least 14 days in advance.

Changing the rosters

An employee’s roster can be changed if the employer gives the employee 7 days’ notice.

An employee who wants a roster change also needs to give 7 days’ notice, except where the employee is ill or in an emergency.

Rosters can also be changed at any time:

  • if the employer and employee agree
  • to enable the functions of the hospital, facility or organisation to be carried on where another employee is absent on personal/carer’s leave, compassionate leave, ceremonial leave or leave to deal with family and domestic leave, or in an emergency.

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Health Services Award summary.

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