The Fair Work Act 2009 has been amended to provide, among other things, a pathway for eligible casual employees to convert to full-time or part-time permanent employment.
These changes came into effect on 27 March 2021, and apply to all casual employees, provided they meet relevant eligibility requirements.
You may be eligible to be converted from casual to permanent employment if you meet these criteria:
- You have been employed by a parliamentarian for at least 12 months on a continuous basis;
- Have worked a regular pattern of hours for at least the last six of those months; and
- You could continue working these hours as a full-time or part-time employee without significant adjustments.
If you are eligible, your employing parliamentarian will make a written offer for you to convert your casual employment to permanent, unless there are reasonable grounds to not offer you a permanent position.
If you test your eligibility for conversion, your employing parliamentarian will convey their decision to you in writing by either 27 September 2021, or 21 days after you seek to test your eligibility for conversion.
If you disagree with your employing parliamentarian’s decision to convert or not convert your employment, you should contact them to discuss this in the first instance.
If you remain dissatisfied with the decision, review rights do exist. Further information on the mechanisms for review are available at the Fair Work Ombudsman.
See the flow chart for more information.
Further information about becoming a permanent employee, and the conversion framework is available at the Fair Work Ombudsman.