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Types of Employment


1. Employees can be taken on as full-time, part-time or casual.


A Full-time employee:

  • works, on average, around 38 hours per week
  • usually works regular hours each week
  • has fully paid leave entitlements
  • is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract

A Part-time employee:

  • works, on average, less than 38 hours per week.
  • usually works regular hours each week.
  • is entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee, at a partial rate corresponding to the proportion of full-time hours they work.
  • has paid leave entitlements.
  • is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract.

A Casual employee:

  • has no guaranteed hours of work.
  • usually works irregular hours (but can work regular hours).
  • doesn’t get paid sick or annual leave, but receive a higher hourly rate than full-time or part-time employees.
  • can end employment without notice, unless notice is required by a registered agreement, award or employment contract.

2. Fixed-term contract employees:

  • are employed for a specific period or task, on a full-time or part-time basis.
  • are entitled to the same wages, penalty rates and leave as permanent employees.

3. Shiftworkers:

  • work outside normal working hours and receive extra payment for doing so.

4. Daily and weekly hire employees:

Employees can be hired as daily or weekly hire employees in the following industries:

  • building and construction
  • plumbing

  • 5. Probation:

    An employer may put a new employee on probation to determine if he/she is suitable for the role of business. The employer decides how long the probation period will be. It can range from a few weeks to a few months from the start of employment.

    Probation periods are not separate periods of employment and the new employee receives the same entitlements as he/she would receive if not on probation, including accrual of, and access to, paid leave.

    If it is decided not to retain an employee after his/her probationary period, notice of termination is still required to be given, and payment made for any unused accumulated annual leave.



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