Changes to minimum payments for part-time employees – Social and Community Services Award

Published 1 February 2022

From the first pay period on or after 1 July 2022, minimum payments for part-time employees in the Social and Community Services Award are changing.

Minimum payments for part-time employees

Currently, the Social and Community Services Award doesn’t include any minimum payment for part-time employees.

From 1 July 2022, they’ll be paid the following minimum number of hours for each shift or period of work in a broken shift:

  • social and community services employees (except when doing disability services work) – 3 hours
  • all other employees – 2 hours.

These are called minimum payments.

To help employers and employees get ready for these changes, there are transitional arrangements that start on 1 February 2022, and apply until 1 October 2022.

Consultation requirements

At the moment, employers and employees can agree that an employee will work shifts or periods of work in broken shifts that are less than the new minimum payments.

If an employer and an employee made this kind of agreement before 1 February 2022, they’ll need to:

  • discuss the new minimum payments
  • genuinely try to reach an agreement on a variation to the employee’s current hours of work that’s consistent with the new minimum payments and suits the employee’s circumstances.

If an employer and employee have discussed the employee’s hours but can’t reach an agreement on a change, the employer can vary the employee’s hours to meet the new minimum payments by giving the employee 42 days’ written notice of the change. This variation can’t start before 1 July 2022.

These consultation requirements don’t stop an employer and an employee from agreeing to other changes to the employee’s hours.

Other 1 July 2022 changes

There are other changes happening to the Social and Community Services Award from 1 July 2022. This includes entitlements for:

  • damaged clothing
  • remote response
  • broken shifts.

We’ll have more detailed information about these changes closer to 1 July 2022. Subscribe to email updates and let us notify you about them before they take effect.  

More information

Workplace information

We have existing information for employers and employees covered by this award on issues like:

Just select the social, community, disability and home care services industry to get tailored information.

You can also access a copy of the Social and Community Services Award.

Pay rates

Want to check pay rates under the award? Use our Pay and Conditions Tool to check minimum pay rates, allowances and other entitlements.

Decision

You can read the Fair Work Commission decision external-icon.png and final determination external-icon.png about these changes.

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