Part-Time Employment

A part-time employee is someone who generally works less than 38 hours each week on a permanent basis, or for the period of a contract.

The mimimum entitlements under the National Employment Standards apply to part-time employees, including paid sick leave and paid annual leave on a pro-rata basis. This means that their entitlements are dependent on how much they work.

For example, if someone works 19 hours per week (half the amount of time a full-time person works) they are entitled to a minimum of 10 days annual leave (half of the full-time entitlement).

Part-time permanent employees are also entitled to get paid when they are absent from work due to a public holiday and they would usually have worked on that day.