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Casual workers can now ask their employers for permanent positions

Illustration by Twylamae
Words by Tara Smith

Workin’ 9 to 5.

Thanks to a ruling published by the Fair Work Commission, casual workers can now ask their employers for permanent positions.

As of October 1, employees who have worked regular hours for at least 12 months may ask for a part-time or full-time permanent position.

Requests may still be refused under reasonable grounds – such as your job not existing in the next 12 months, or if your hours would need to be significantly adjusted to become permanent. Although your boss must consult with you before denying your request.

This will give staff access to benefits such as annual leave and sick pay, and will stop employers from cutting hours at the last minute.

You can find out how to apply for a permanent position by heading here.

fairwork.gov.au

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