Part-time employees

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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The options in the list come from the most common awards.

Minimum entitlements and obligations usually come from an award or registered agreement. If you don’t know if there is an award or registered agreement that applies, go to our Awards and agreements page for help.

To find a registered agreement, go to the Fair Work Commission website external-icon.png.

Use our 3 step form to help you Find your Award.

Every award and registered agreement has information about who is covered by it. To work out who is covered read:

  • the coverage clause
  • the job classifications.

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

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  • figuring out if a mistake has been made
  • talking to your employer or employee about fixing it
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