Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Health Professionals and Support Services Award [MA000027].
A part-time employee is employed to work less than 38 hours per week. An employer and employee have to agree on a regular pattern of work before the employee starts.
The agreement has to be in writing and include:
- the number of hours worked each week
- the days of the week the employee will work
- the start and finish times each day
The employer should keep a copy of the agreement, and give a copy to the employee.
Use the Part-time hours of work agreement and variation (DOC 91KB) template to record part-time hours of work.
When can a part-time employee's hours be changed?
The regular pattern of work can only be changed if the employer and employee agree to it in writing. The employer should keep a copy of the change, and give a copy to the employee.
The roster for the days and times of work (not the amount of hours) may be changed in other ways than by agreement. For the rules about when a roster can be changed, go to Rosters.
Use the Part-time hours of work agreement and variation (DOC 91KB) template to record changes to part-time hours of work.
When can an employee change to part-time?
An employee might want to go part-time, either for a short amount of time or permanently. Before starting the part-time arrangement, the employer and employee have to agree in writing to the change to part-time employment.
An employer can’t make a person change from full-time to part-time employment. If an employer does this, it may be a redundancy. For more information on what a redundancy is, go to Redundancy.
What happens to leave entitlements when changing to part-time?
When an employee changes from full-time to part-time, they keep any leave they have accumulated, such as annual leave or sick leave.
To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Health Services Award summary.
Source reference: Health Professionals and Support Services Award [MA000027] clause 10.3