Casual employment (Australia)

This article is about Australian employment rights. For casual employment generally, see contingent work.

Casual employment is an Australian employment classification under Australian workplace law whereby an employee is paid at a higher hourly rate (at least 20%) in lieu of having their employment guaranteed, and lacking other usual full-time employment conditions such as sick leave.[1] 28% of all Australian workers were employed on a casual basis in 2003.[2]

Casual employees are often contacted regularly by their employers to arrange working times from week to week to get the work done which is more than their normal workforce can handle. As there is no expectation in a casual work contract between employee and employer of ongoing work, employees can legally refuse a specific work opportunity at any time. The government defines Casual employees as those from whom regular work is not expected, they are not bounded by any legal body and can at their convenience switch places they work at.[3][4][5]

Under various workplace awards, employment classification can change if a certain number of hours is worked in a particular time frame.[3]

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