Employee: Full-Time, Part-time or Casual?


There are three different types of employee. The differences in employment can be confusing for uninitiated. In this short guide we’ll explain full-time, part-time, and casual employment.

Employees can be hired on a full-time, part-time, or casual basis. The different classifications of employment impact leave, entitlements and pay rates. We’ll proceed to break down the difference between full-time, part-time, and casual work in Australia.

Full-Time Employees

Full-time employees in Australia are employed on an ongoing basis and typically work 38 hours weekly. The exact amount of hours that define full-time work are defined in a contract with an employer or by the relevant award.

Full-time employees are entitled to annual leave, long-term service leave, and sick leave in addition to minimum notice for termination. Full time employees are also entitled to minimum notice requirements for redundancy and flexible working hours. Some full-time employees may be entitled to overtime pay.

Part-Time Employees

Part-time employees in Australia work less than 38 hours weekly but benefit from the same entitlements as full-time employees. These entitlements are adjusted on a pro-rata basis.

Casual Employees

Casual employees do not work on a regular schedule and are not guaranteed hours of work. Casual workers do not benefit from minimum notice for termination or sick leave unless specifically stated by employment agreements or relevant Awards.

If you’re not sure about your employee’s entitlements as a full-time, part-time, or casual employees, reach out to Fullstack today.

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Stuart Reynolds is the founder of Fullstack Advisory, an award-winning accounting firm for businesses leading the future. He is a 3rd generation accountant who specialises in tech & online companies.

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