What is Casual Employees Annual Leave Australia

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If you’re a casual employee, it’s important to know what your entitlements are when it comes to annual leave. Here’s the skinny on Australian law and what you can expect with regards to annual leave for casual employees.

 

Annual leave entitlement for casuals?

 

You may be surprised to learn that casual employees are entitled to annual leave. That’s right, the same minimum annual leave standards that apply to regular full-time and part-time employees also apply to casual employees annual leave at Australian Unions.

 

For many Australians, a job is something they do to pay the bills. And while it’s an important part of life and provides a sense of purpose, it also means a lot of people treat their job as purely utilitarian , they’re there just to earn money.

 

But don’t forget, you’re entitled to a few perks as well. One of the most important of these is annual leave.

 

Annual leave entitlements are the right of all full-time and part-time employees under Australian law, provided that they have been employed by their employer for at least 12 months (or 1095 full days) and have worked at least 1095 hours during that time.

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The minimum annual leave entitlement is four weeks per year. And under Australian law, the minimum entitlements are payable to a casual employee working at least an average of 20 hours per week.

 

If you’re working less than an average of 20 hours per week, then you’ll be entitled to a 4 weeks off work (or longer for part-time employees) for a period of 12 months (or less for part-time employees) after having been employed by your employer for at least 12 months (taking into account any leave taken while no longer being employed by your employer).

 

The thing is, the casual employee’s annual leave entitlement can be affected if they don’t work a minimum average of 20 hours per week. If you work less than an average of 20 hours per week for 12 months or longer, then you will only be entitled to the 4 weeks off, unless your employment contract states otherwise.

 

What happens if I work on a casual basis and don’t work 20 hours per week?

 

If you’re working less than an average of 20 hours per week for a period of 12 months or longer, then you’ll only be entitled to the minimum annual leave. This means one day for every month worked. (So, if you work less than an average of 20 hours per week in a year, and that’s been going on for at least 12 months, then your minimum annual leave becomes 11 days.

 

This, of course, does not take into account any other entitlements you may have. Such as:

 

  • Unpaid leave if you’re sick or to deal with a family emergency.
  • Paid annual leave, which is usually granted in blocks (for example, Christmas and New Year’s Day leave).

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