On 12 December 2017, the Fair Work Commission (FWC) made changes to part-time and casual provisions in some awards.
Changes were made to the part-time clause in some awards, including the Hospitality and Restaurant Awards, and to overtime entitlements for casual employees in other awards, including the Retail, Hair and Beauty and Fast Food Awards.
These changes apply from ppc 1 January 2018. For more information read Changes to casual and part-time entitlements in some awards. You can also read the FWC's orders on their 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.
- Building, construction and on-site trades
- Contract cleaning services
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
- Don't know
Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Cth), regulation 3.33(2)
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