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.