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.

Horticulture Award

Based on what you've told us, it looks like you're covered by the Horticulture Award [MA000028].

An employee is a shiftworker when they work outside the ordinary hours of work (6am to 6pm) and when they’re a full-time or part-time employee.  

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.

When the business adopts shiftwork, shifts will rotate regularly as much as possible between:

  • day shift and afternoon or night shift when there are 2 shift options
  • day, afternoon or night shifts when there are 3 shift options.

For more information on the:

Check the Horticulture Award for all other shiftworker information.


We’ve made it easier for you to find information about pay and entitlements under the Horticulture Award. For more tailored information about your award, visit our Horticulture Showcase.

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

Source reference: Horticulture Award [MA000028] clause 13.3 external-icon.png

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