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.

Electrical Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award [MA000025].

A shiftworker 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 Electrical Award for all other shiftworker information.

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

Source reference: Electrical, Electronic and Communication Contracting Award [MA000025] clause 2.3, 13.1, 13.11 and 13.13 external-icon.png

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