Casual, part-time & full-time

On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) 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 FWC's orders external-icon.png on their website.

An employee, including a shiftworker, can be hired as:

It is important to know the type of employment because pay rates, leave and other entitlements are different.

Fixed term contract employees

Fixed term contract employees are employed for a specific period of time or task. For example a 6 month contract where employment ends after 6 months.

Fixed term employees are different to permanent employees who are employed on an ongoing basis until the employer or employee ends the employment relationship.

Fixed term contract employees are usually full-time or part-time employees. 

Full-time or part-time fixed term employees are generally entitled to the same wages, penalties and leave as permanent employees. An award or registered agreement may provide extra terms and conditions for a fixed term employee. 

Best practice tip

Make sure new employees know their:

  • employment status
    • full-time, part-time or casual
    • permanent or fixed term contract
  • classification level
  • hours of work
  • pay rate.

This information is included in our letter of engagement templates: 

Visit our Online learning centre external-icon.png to take our Hiring employees short course and download free hiring resources.

Think a mistake might have been made?

Mistakes can happen. The best way to fix them usually starts with talking.

Check out our Help resolving workplace issues section for practical advice on:

  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
  • getting help from us if you can't resolve it.

Help for small business

Want to save this information for later?

If you might need to read this information again, save it for later so you can access it quickly and easily.

You might also be interested in

Page reference No: 2878