Casuals and Long Term Casual Entitlements


 A casual employee:

  • Has no guaranteed hours of work
  • Usually works irregular hours
  • Doesn’t get paid sick or annual leave
  • An end employment without notice, unless notice is required by a registered agreement, award or employment contract.


What do casual employee receive?

Casual employees are entitles to:

  • A higher hourly 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 leave or annual leave.
  • 2 days unpaid carer’s leave and 2 days unpaid compassionate leave per occasion
  • Unpaid community service leave


Long term casuals

After 12 months of regular employment, and if it’s likely the regular employment will continue, a casual employee can:

  • Request flexible working arrangements
  • Take parental leave (unpaid)


Changing to full-time or part-time employment

A casual employee can change to full-time or part-time employment at any time if the employer and employee both agree to it.

Some enterprise agreements, other registered agreements and awards have a process for changing casual employees to full-time or part-time.


Additional Resources
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