Part Time Employment Contract

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  • Use our handy template to employ new staff
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What is a Part Time Employment Contract?

A Part Time Employment Contract is a contract used to document your employment arrangement with a part time employee.

It covers all of the important terms of employment, including start date, position and duties, hours of work and remuneration.


Who can use this template?

  • Business looking to employ part time staff
  • Suitable for any industry
  • All Australian states and territories


What is a Part Time employee?

A part-time employee:

🔹 works, on average, less than 38 hours per week

🔹 usually works regular hours each week

🔹 is a permanent employee or on a fixed-term contract

🔹 is entitled to the same benefits as a full-time employee, but on a pro-rata basis


What does a Part Time Employment Contract include?

Our Part Time Employment Contract template covers:

  • Position – details of the position, including start date, location, manager and duties
  • Probation– optional clause, allows you to have a trial period to assess performance and suitability for the position
  • Ordinary Hours of Work – regular hours per week, including days and times, and paid or unpaid breaks
  • Remuneration – wages, superannuation
  • Leave – entitlements to annual leave, personal/carers’ leave and other types of leave
  • Your Obligations – employee obligations to the business, including duties, conduct and standards
  • Termination – how either party can terminate the employment agreement, including notice period
  • Confidential Information – to protect your confidential information
  • Intellectual Property – to protect your intellectual property
  • Personal Information – consent to collect personal information for payroll and HR purposes
  • Surveillance – consent to monitoring the use of IT systems etc
  • Restraint – to prevent an employee from interfering or disrupting the relationship with customers, suppliers, employees and contractors


What’s the difference between casual and part time?

The main difference between casual and part-time is that a part-time employee has an expectation of ongoing work.

By contrast, a casual has no guaranteed hours of work or expectation of ongoing work in the future. Casual employees provide businesses with a great deal of flexibility as casuals can be hired as needed. Casual employees are not entitled to the same benefits as a part-time employee. They do not receive entitlements such as annual leave, sick leave, notice upon termination and redundancy pay.

Casual employees are paid a higher hourly pay rate than equivalent full-time or part-time employees. This is called a ‘casual loading’ and is paid because they don’t get benefits such as sick or annual leave.


Becoming a permanent employee (casual conversion)

A casual employee has the right to change to full-time or part-time employment in certain circumstances. This is known as casual conversion.

Casual employees who have worked for their employer for 12 months need to be offered the option to convert to full-time or part-time (permanent) employment by their employer. Certain eligibility requirements need to be met for this to occur. If they have been employed for 12 months, worked a regular pattern of hours for 6 months and could continue working their regular hours as a permanent employee without significant changes, then the employer must offer them casual conversion in writing (they don’t have to accept).

A small business employer (fewer than 15 employees) does NOT have to offer casual conversion to employees. However, an eligible casual employee working for a small business employer can request to convert to permanent employment at any time on or after their 12-month anniversary.

To read the full details about rules and eligibility for casual conversion, visit Fair Work.


Is this Part Time Employment Contract template legally binding?


All of our templates are written by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

We are affiliated with a commercial law firm based in Sydney.

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Do I need a Part Time Employment Contract?

Yes, absolutely! A Part Time Employment Contract protects both you and your employees.

You should always have a contract signed before a new employee starts working for you.

An employment contract will help set the ground rules in black and white, so everyone is clear on their obligations and how everything will work. You need a properly written contract to enforce your rights and make sure your business is legally protected if something goes wrong.

Does this Part Time Employment Contract template include a restraint clause?

Yes, it does.

A restraint of trade clause helps to protect your business interests. It prevents the ex-employee from soliciting or approaching your employees, contractors, clients and customers after they have ceased employment with your company.

Keep in mind that restraints of trade are only enforceable if you can prove that the restraint is necessary to protect your legitimate interests. This may not be the case if the restraint runs for an excessive period of time, covers a geographical area that is too broad, or extends beyond the industry in which you primarily operate.

Employer Obligations

We recommend that you consult the Fair Work website to check any Awards and agreements that may apply before using this template.

As an employer, it is your responsibility to pay at least the minimum wage and entitlements to your employees under the applicable modern award or enterprise agreement.

You must also provide all new employees with a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement by law.

You can view a handy guide to hiring new employees HERE.

Is my employee covered by an Award?

Awards apply to employers and employees depending on the industry they work in, and the type of job worked. Every award has information about who it covers in the coverage clause (usually clause 4) and the job classifications (usually in the pay clause or a schedule).

More than 100 industry or occupation awards cover most people who work in Australia. An employer can be covered by more than one award, depending on the employees’ jobs.

You can use the Find My Award tool to check for award coverage on the Fair Work website. In some cases, there may not be an award that covers your industry/job role (this is known as “award-free”).

If you are unsure about an employee’s status, you should seek legal advice.


All of our templates come in Word format (docx). We recommend that you use Microsoft Word on a desktop to fill in the template.

Yes, all of our templates have been drafted by qualified Australian lawyers who hold an Australian legal practicing certificate.

Yes, the template is suitable for all Australian states and territories.

What do I have to do after I download the template?

The template includes instructions on how to use it, as well as helpful comments along the way to guide you. Don’t just take our word for it, read what other customers have said about our products here.

Estimated time to complete the template in Microsoft Word is around 5-10 minutes. We have designed our templates to be very user-friendly.

How often are the templates updated?

We frequently update our template library and provide minor updates to wording and formatting in our documents.

If the law changes, we’ll email you with the changes and updates to add to your existing templates. You have lifetime access, so any updates are provided free of charge.


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I was able to use this and print it off within about 15 minutes, too easy.