Site under re-construction.
New workplace laws come into effect on July 1st 2009. This site will be
updated shortly to reflect the new Fair Work laws.
An employee is not a
casual unless specifically engaged and paid as a casual.
Casual employees are in
effect terminated at the end of each day's work.
They get a higher hourly
rate than other employees to recognise they are not entitled to
personal leave/sick pay, paid annual leave, redundancy pay (in many
cases) or pay for public holidays
(unless actually worked), etc. In most cases the loading is 15-20%.
Casuals do have access to
parental leave in many cases.
Casuals are entitled to
Long Service Leave in some states.
rights to make a claim for unfair dismissal are different to other
workers' (see Termination of
The Federal government's
"Workchoices" laws came into effect on March 27th 2006. The new laws
remove the previous right many casuals had to request permanency after
6 months as a casual.