National Employment Standards

The National Employment Standards (NES) are 11 minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees.

Minimum entitlements for employees

The National Minimum Wage and the NES make up the minimum entitlements for employees in Australia.

Other workplace instruments can't provide for conditions that are less than the National Minimum Wage or the NES. This includes an:

These also can’t exclude the NES.

Employers have to give every new employee a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement (the FWIS) when they start their new job.

Employers also have to give every new casual employee a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement (the CEIS) at the same time.

11 minimum NES entitlements

The 11 minimum entitlements of the NES are:

Who the NES covers

All employees in the national workplace relations system are covered by the NES. This is regardless of the award, registered agreement or employment contract that applies.

Casual employees and the NES

Casual employees only get some NES entitlements including:

In some states and territories, long serving casuals are eligible for long service leave.

Casual employees can request flexible working arrangements and take unpaid parental leave if:

  • they have been employed by their employer as a casual employee on a regular and systematic basis over at least 12 months, and
  • they reasonably expect to continue being employed by the employer on a regular and systematic basis.

See Casual employees for more information.

Source reference: Fair Work Act 2009 s.61

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