Part-time employees

The Fair Work Commission (FWC) recently handed down a decision proposing to change some entitlements for casual and part-time employees in a number of awards. This includes adding casual conversion provisions in 85 awards.

These changes aren’t finalised, so they don’t apply yet. We’ll update this website with more information when it applies. In the meantime you can read the summary of the decision external-icon.png or the full decision external-icon.png on the FWC’s website.

A part-time employee:

  • works, on average, less than 38 hours per week
  • usually works regular hours each week
  • is entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee, but on a pro rata basis
  • is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract.

How part-time is different to full-time or casual

Full-time employees work longer hours. On average, they work 38 hours per week.

Casual employees usually work irregular hours but they don’t get paid sick leave or annual leave.

Find information about changing from part-time to casual employment.

What part-time employees get

Part-time employees get the same minimum entitlements (such as sick leave and holiday leave) as a full-time employee, based on how many hours they work each week.

Part-time hours of work agreements

Many awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements have record-keeping arrangements for part-time employees about their hours of work.

Find information about hours of work arrangements for part-time employees in your award by selecting from the list below.

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Source reference: Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth), regulation 3.33(2) external-icon.png

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