Changes to Casual Employment Laws


By 27 September 2021, employers (other than small businesses) need to assess whether their existing casuals are eligible to be offered permanent employment.

An employer must make a written offer to convert a casual employee to permanent employment if:

  • They have been employed by them for at least 12 months;
  • They’ve worked a regular pattern of hours for the last 6 months
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As of Thursday 1st November, the Long Service Leave Act 1992 (Vic) will be repealed and replaced by the Long Service Leave Act 2018 (Vic)

These changes include:
  • Greater flexibility for women, families and people transitioning to retirement
  • Access to long service leave after seven years, not ten
  • Allowing employees to take long service leave in smaller increments (i.e. for any period of one day or more)
  • Most absences from work do not break continuous employment
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