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Casual Employment Contract Template

If you are employing staff members, including casuals, it is recommended to enter into a written employment contract.  This creates a record of what has been agreed between the parties and contains the terms and conditions of the working relationship.  A written agreement also offers certain protections for both the employer and the employee.

RP Emery & Associates offers a professionally drafted Casual Employment Contract to allow you to manage your staff efficiently and cost effectively.

Employment is regulated by the Fair Work Act

Employment law, which sets out minimum standards and rights for employees in Australia, is largely governed by The Fair Work Act andNational Employment Standards as well as the Modern Award applicable to your employee. 

Employers should familiarise themselves with these standards and minimum conditions and keep abreast of any changes, particularly to minimum rates of pay contained in the employee’s Modern Award. 

Is your employee a casual employee?

There is no definitive test as to what constitutes a casual employee.  This issue must be assessed based on each employee’s individual working arrangements.  Generally, a casual employee is employed on an hourly or daily basis, usually with irregular days or hours of work.  Casuals generally have no guarantee that the work will continue to be available and they can be terminated with little or no notice.

Casual employees are not entitled to all the benefits available to permanent staff such as sick and annual leave.  However, their pay rate is boosted with an extra percentage loading to compensate for these lack of benefits. 

You must ensure you casual employee is not actually a permanent employee.  You cannot contract out of the rights associated with a permanent employee.

Casual Employment Contract Kit

The Kits are a valuable resource for employers and contain professionally drafted Employment Agreements which comply with the Fair Work Act, 2009 as well as an easy to understand User’s Guide and associated resources. 

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This up to date Casual Employment Contract is suitable for casual employees employed under a modern award where the standard award entitlements apply.

The Fair Work Act 2009 relating to Casual Staff(Cth)

There is no definition of ‘a casual’ in the Fair Work Act (the Act) and employers are given a broad scope for discretion in hiring casuals, who are offered few entitlements compared to permanent employees. For this reason, awards impose a loading on the rate of a casual’s wage. Pay loadings of at least 20% on the basic rate of pay are required to be paid (section 294). The national minimum wage order must also set the casual loading for award/agreement free employees (section 294(1)(c).

Modern award minimum wages include casual loadings (section 284(3)(b)). The new ‘modern awards’ that have taken effect in 2010 have increased the loading to 25%. This is to compensate the casual for the fact he or she is not entitled to annual leave, sick leave, and severance pay if the position is terminated.

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