Full Time

What is full time?

Full time generally refers to employees who work an average of 38 hours per week. These individuals are typically employed on a permanent basis or on a fixed-term contract.

What full time employees get ?

Full time employees are entitled to several benefits and rights, including:

Annual Leave

Full time employees are entitled to a certain amount of paid annual leave each year.

The specific number of leave days may vary depending on the applicable laws, employment contracts, awards, or agreements.

Sick and Carer’s Leave

Full time employees are entitled to a certain amount of paid sick leave to attend to their own illness or injury.

They may also be entitled to paid carer’s leave to care for a family member or household member who is sick or requires care.

Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave

Full time employees may have access to paid leave specifically designed to address situations of family and domestic violence.

Notice of Employment Termination

When a full time employee’s employment is to be terminated, they are typically entitled to written notice from their employer.

The length of notice may depend on factors such as the length of service and any applicable laws, awards, or agreements.

Alternatively, the employer may provide payment in lieu of notice.

Agreed or Set Hours of Work

The actual hours of work for a full time employee are usually agreed upon between the employer and the employee.

This can be defined in an employment contract, an award, or a registered agreement.

These agreed hours determine the employee’s regular working hours, which may include overtime provisions and other conditions.

*Source:Full-time employees

What is the difference between full time,part time, and casual employment?

  • Full time employees generally work around 38 hours per week.
  • Part time employment refers to working fewer hours than full time employees.
  • Casual employment, on the other hand, involves irregular hours and no firm commitment from the employer. Casual employees do not have a guaranteed pattern of work or ongoing employment.

*Learn more :changing from part-time to casual employment.


Q: What are fixed term contract employees?

A:Fixed term contract employees are hired for a specific period or task and have a predetermined end date or project completion.

They can work either full-time or part-time, based on their contract. While they are generally entitled to the same wages, penalties, and leave as permanent employees, additional terms and conditions specific to fixed term contracts may be outlined in an award or registered agreement.

However, starting from December 6, 2023, new rules will limit the use of fixed term contracts under the Secure Jobs, Better Pay changes to the Fair Work Act.

*For more information:Pay secrecy, job ads, and flexible work

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