Hours of work
Ordinary hours are an employee's normal and regular hours of work.
On this page:
Awards, enterprise agreements and other registered agreements set out the:
- maximum ordinary hours that can be worked in a day, week, fortnight or month
- minimum ordinary hours that can be worked in a day
- times of the day that ordinary hours can be worked (for example, between 7am and 7pm).
Ordinary hours can be different for full-time, part-time and casual employees.
The times of the day that ordinary hours are worked within is called the spread of hours (for example, between 7am and 7pm). Time worked outside the spread of ordinary hours can attract overtime rates.
Find more information about maximum and minimum hours of work and the spread of hours in your award by selecting from the list below.
Maximum weekly hours
An employee can work a maximum of 38 hours in a week unless an employer asks them to work reasonable extra hours. See our Maximum weekly hours fact sheet.
Watch our short video to find out about:
- maximum hours for full-time, part-time and casual employment
- what reasonable extra hours are
- when an employee can refuse to work extra hours
- how authorised time off counts towards an employee’s weekly hours.
Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.62