Shiftworkers

A shiftworker is an employee who works shifts and gets an extra payment for working shift hours.

An award, enterprise agreement or other registered agreement can have a specific definition of what a shiftworker is, and what type of shifts they can work.

Find information about shiftworkers in your award by selecting from the list below.

Manufacturing Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award [MA000010].

The Manufacturing Award has different shiftworker provisions for vehicle manufacturing employees.

Vehicle manufacturing employees

A vehicle manufacturing shiftworker can work the following shifts:

  • afternoon shift - starts not later than 6:00pm
  • night shift - starts after 6:00pm

An employee can be employed as a continuous shiftworker or a non-continuous shiftworker.

Continuous shiftwork is a system where shifts are continuously rostered 24 hours a day and rostered 5 or more days in a row without interruption, except for breakdowns and meal breaks.

All other employees

All other shiftworkers can work the following shifts:

  • afternoon shift - ends after 6pm and at or before midnight
  • night shift - ends after midnight and at or before 8am

An employee can be employed as a continuous shiftworker or a non-continuous shiftworker.

Continuous shiftwork is a system where shifts are continuously rostered 24 hours a day and rostered 6 or more days in a row without interruption, except for:

  • breakdowns
  • meal breaks
  • unavoidable causes beyond the control of the employer.

For more information on the:

Check the Manufacturing Award for all other shiftworker information.

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

Source reference: Manufacturing and Associated Industries and Occupations Award [MA000010] clause 17.3, 17.4, 33.2, 49.1 and 55.1 external-icon.png

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