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. 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 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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We only have extra information here for our most common industries. You'll need to check your award for minimum entitlements and obligations.
If you know your award you can access it from our List of awards page. If you don't, you can use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.
You can calculate entitlements and obligations for all awards using our:
If you're covered by a registered agreement, check the terms of your agreement for information. To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website .
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Fair Work Regulations 2009 r.3.33(2)
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