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.

Real Estate Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Real Estate Industry Award 2010 [MA000106].

A part-time employee is employed to work less than 38 ordinary hours on average per week.

An employer and employee have to agree on the terms and conditions of the part-time employment when the employee starts.

There are no specific for part-time employees about their hours of work under the Real Estate Award.

To find out more about who this award applies to, go to the Real Estate Award summary.

Source reference: Real Estate Industry Award 2010 [MA000106] clause 10.1 and 10.3 external-icon.png

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

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