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Casual Employees (and their new rights to become Permanent)



27 March 2021


All businesses to issue Casual Employees with a “Casual Employment Information Statement

Casual Employee Definition:

“If they accept an offer for a job from an employer knowing that there is no firm advance commitment to ongoing work with an agreed pattern of work” – Fair Work Act link


New Employees: before or as soon as possible after starting

Existing Employees:

  • Small businesses (< 15 employees): as soon as possible

  • Other businesses: as soon as possible after 27 September 2021


In person, by mail, email, fax

How Often:

At least once within every 12 month period employed as a Casual

How Does this affect us:

An employer (excluding small business) has to offer their casual employee to convert to full-time or part-time (permanent) when the employee:

  • Worked for their employer for 12 months; and

  • Worked a regular pattern of hours for at least the last 6 of those months on an ongoing basis; and

  • Could continue working those hours as a permanent employee without significant changes.


When your small business converts to a large business in the future, these new rules would need consideration and application from a structural, financial and operational point of view.

Further Information:

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