Part-time employees

Part-time employees work less than 38 hours per week and their hours are usually regular each week. They're usually employed on a permanent basis or on a fixed term contract.

What part-time employees get

Part-time employees get the same minimum entitlements (such as sick leave and annual leave) as a full-time employee, but on a pro-rata basis.

Example: Sick and carer's leave entitlements for part­-time employees

Suzanne is a full-time employee who works 38 hours, 5 days a week. Rebecca is a part-time employee who works an average of 19 hours per week, working a 5-day fortnight. Suzanne gets 76 hours (or 10 days) of paid sick and carer's leave per year. Rebecca gets half of Suzanne’s paid sick and carer's leave per year as she works half the hours Suzanne works.

How part-time is different to full-time or casual employment

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 to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work.

Find information about changing from part-time to casual employment.

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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