Industrial Relations Reforms to Potentially Bring Sweeping Changes to Casual Work

Casual work could be looking very different soon under the newly proposed plans for the industrial relations Omnibus Bill. The federal government’s proposed changes to this bill focus heavily on two areas of casual work: implementing a statutory definition of what exactly constitutes casual employment, and outlining ways that casuals can more easily attain permanent work.

It will potentially be a requirement for the employer to offer casual workers the opportunity to transition into a full-time or part-time position if they have worked for a period of 12 months and having regular set hours. Despite this, employers will have the option to refuse this conversion assuming there is reasonable grounds to do so.

Also, under the proposed reforms it is likely that casual employment will be defined as someone who is offered employment without a firm commitment of going opportunities and that the work continues on an agreed basis between both parties.

Once these changes are confirmed we will inform all of our subscribers over email and through this updates section of the website.

Daniel McCarthy
Human Resources & Industrial Relations Consultant

Industrial Relations Reforms to Potentially Bring Sweeping Changes to Casual Work Casual work could be looking very different soon under the newly proposed plans for the industrial relations Omnibus Bill. The federal government’s proposed changes to this bill focus heavily on two areas of casual work: implementing a statutory definition of what exactly constitutes casual […]