What types of employment contract are there in Australia?

There are nine official employee types in Australia. All of the employee types are entitled to certain benefits as part of their employment.

The nine types of employment in Australia are as follows:

  • Full-time: Employees who work up to or above the weekly expected work hours. 
  • Part-time: Employees who work a fairly consistent amount of hours each week, typically fewer than the weekly expected work hours. 
  • Casual: Employees whose hours may shift from week to week. 
  • Fixed-term: Full-time or part-time employees who work on a contract with a specific end-date. 
  • Shift workers: Employees who work shifts and receive an extra payment for working shift hours. 
  • Daily hire and weekly hire: Employees in plumbing or building and construction who are paid by the day or week.  
  • Probation: Newly-hired employees will transition to a full-time or part-time contract upon completing a probationary period. 
  • Apprentices and trainees: Employees in formal training arrangements on a full-time or part-time basis. 
  • Outworkers: Contractors or employees who typically perform work off-site, commonly found in the textile, clothing, and footwear industries.

A local PEO can help you determine which contract type is appropriate based on your business needs and the type of work to be performed. 

If you have questions about employment contracts in Australia, please get in touch with our team today! 

Was this article helpful?

That’s Great!

Thank you for your feedback

Sorry! We couldn't be helpful

Thank you for your feedback

Let us know how can we improve this article!

Select atleast one of the reasons

Feedback sent

We appreciate your effort and will try to fix the article