CASUAL EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT
FAIRWORK AUSTRALIA – DEFINITION OF CASUAL EMPLOYMENT
A casual employee does not have a firm commitment in advance from an employer about how long they will be employed for, or the days (or hours) they will work. A casual employee also does not commit to all work an employer might offer. For example, an employee who works to a roster that could change each week and can refuse or swap shifts is casual.
A casual employee:
- Has no guaranteed hours of work.
- Usually works irregular hours.
- Doesn't get paid sick or annual leave.
- Can end employment without notice, unless notice is required by a registered agreement, award or employment contract.
How is casual different to full-time or part-time?
Full-time and part-time employees have ongoing employment (or a fixed-term contract) and can expect to work regular hours each week. They are entitled to paid sick leave and annual leave. Full-time and part-time employees must give or receive notice to end the employment.
What do casual employees get?
Casual employees are entitled to:
- A higher pay rate than equivalent full-time or part-time employees. This is called a 'casual loading' and is paid because they don't get benefits such as sick or annual leave.
- 2 days unpaid carer's leave and 2 days unpaid compassionate leave per occasion.
- 5 days unpaid family and domestic violence leave (in a 12-month period).
- Unpaid community service leave.