A Full Federal Court decision handed down on 21 August 2019 confirmed the method of accruing and taking paid personal/carer’s leave under the National Employment Standards. The information on this page has been updated to reflect this decision. Find out more about this decision.
A part-time employee:
- works, on average, less than 38 hours per week
- usually works regular hours each week
- 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. A casual employee does not have a firm commitment in advance from their employer about how long they will be employed for, or the days (or hours) they will work.
Find information about changing from part-time to casual employment.
What part-time employees get
Part-time employees get 10 days of sick and carer’s leave every year.
Part-time employees get 4 weeks of annual leave every year based on their ordinary hours of work (or 5 weeks if they qualify as a shiftworker).
Any leave left over at the end of each year carries over to the next year.
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
- Don't know
- Hair and beauty
- Health support services
- Real estate
- Road Transport
- Social, community, disability and home care services
- Storage services and wholesale
Fair Work Regulations 2009 r.3.33(2)
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