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.
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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.
Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Road Transport and Distribution Award [MA000038].
A part-time employee is employed to work less than 38 ordinary hours per week.
- Before the employee starts work, the employee and employer must agree:
- the days of the week the employee will work
- the hours worked each day
- the start and finish times each day
- the classification applying to the work the employee will do.
The employer must keep a copy of the agreement, and must 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 pattern of work can only be changed if the employer and employee agree to it in writing. The employer must keep a copy of the change, and must give a copy to the employee.
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. The employer and employee should 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 Road Transport Award summary.
Source reference: Road Transport and Distribution Award [MA000038] clause 8.1, 8.2 and 10
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