Changes to fixed term contracts
New rules that limit the use of fixed term contracts apply from 6 December 2023.
This is part of the Secure Jobs, Better Pay changes to the Fair Work Act.
Find out more at Fixed term contract employees.
An employment contract is an agreement between an employer and employee that sets out terms and conditions of employment. A contract can be in writing or verbal.
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An employment contract can’t provide for less than the legal minimum entitlements set out in:
- the National Employment Standards (NES)
- awards, enterprise agreements or other registered agreements that may apply.
All employees are covered by the NES, regardless of whether they’ve signed a contract. A contract can’t leave employees worse off than their minimum legal entitlements.
Covered by a registered agreement? Search for it at Fair Work Commission – Find an agreement database.
You can check minimum award rates using our Pay and Conditions Tool. This includes penalty rates and allowances.
Fixed Term Contracts
A fixed term contract terminates at the end of a set period (for example, the contract ends on a set date, or after a set period of time or a season).
There are rules that apply to making a fixed term contract and employees on a new fixed term contract must be given the Fixed Term Contract Information Statement.
For more information, visit Fixed term contract employees.
There are rules against including pay secrecy terms in employment contracts. Learn more at Pay secrecy.