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. As applications have been made to the High Court seeking special leave to appeal the decision, the FWO will review its advice at the conclusion of those proceedings, and you may wish to seek your own advice. Find out more about the 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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- talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
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