From Fair Work Ombudsman: Casual Employment

The existing definition of ‘casual employee’ in the Fair Work Act will be replaced with a new one.

The new definition says that an employee is a casual only if:

  • there isn’t a firm advance commitment to continuing and indefinite work, factoring in the real substance, practical reality and true nature of the employment relationship
  • the employee is entitled to be paid a casual loading or a specific pay rate for casuals.
  • A new pathway will replace the existing rules for eligible employees to change to permanent employment if they want to.
  • There will be new rules against:
    • dismissing or threatening to dismiss workers to engage them as a casual
    • making certain misrepresentations in relation to casual employment.

Source FWO

Written by Ross Ahmadzai

27 Feb, 2024

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