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Everyone's rights at work

The National Employment Standards (usually referred to as the NES) are a set of 10 minimum employment conditions that have to be provided to all part time and full time employees. Your Award or Agreement can’t contain clauses that reduce these standards.

Casual workers are only entitled to some of the conditions in the NES – this why we encourage workers to demand part time or full time work where possible, and why we fight to ensure young workers have job security.


Full time and part time employees

Casual employees

  • Maximum weekly hours
  • Request for flexible working arrangements
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid annual leave
  • Paid personal and carers leave
  • Paid community service leave
  • Long service leave
  • Public holiday leave, penalty rates, or time in lieu
  • Notice of termination
  • Receive a Fair Work Statement when you start working for a new employer
  • Unpaid carers leave
  • Unpaid compassionate leave
  • Community service leave
  • Receive a Fair Work Statement when you start working for a new employer

If you have been employed as a casual for 12 months & it can be reasonably expected that your employment will continue, you are also entitled to:

  • Request flexible working arrangements
  • Parental leave

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 This is general information only and may not be relevant to your specific situation. Call the Young Workers Centre to get advice specific to your situation.