Overtime for casuals in the Educational Services (Schools) General Staff Award


Casuals who aren't shiftworkers get paid overtime if they work:

  • more than 38 hours in a week, or an average of 38 hours over a period
  • outside the spread of hours for the kind of work they do
  • more than 5 days in one week.

For most employees, hours can be averaged over a period of 2 weeks or 4 weeks. Different averaging rules are set out in the award for:

  • curriculum/resources services employees employed in outdoor education
  • boarding supervision services employees.


Thomas is a casual school administrator, who works for a high school.

School administrators can work ordinary hours between 7am and 6pm on weekdays.

On Thursday, Thomas worked from 12pm until 8pm.

Thomas gets paid overtime for the 2 hours worked past 6pm on Thursday.


Casual shiftworkers get paid overtime if they work more than 10 hours in any one shift (including a meal break).

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