So, what exactly are these proposed changes?
Many people rely on the work-life balance casual working offers them, and these proposed changes could tip that balance. We’re here to raise awareness around these changes so Aussies can decide if this works for them. Explore the impacts and let us know with a thumbs up or down whether you agree.
Having a regular Friday or Saturday shift could no longer be allowed. So casual workers would be required to become permanent full-time or part-time.
Permanent employees receive lower rates, in exchange for other benefits such as leave entitlements. That means losing the casual loading in becoming a permanent employee.
Many casual workers would lose their ability to change their shifts or pick up extra shifts as they become permanent workers, impacting their income.
The proposed changes may affect your work-life balance, making it difficult to juggle studying, family or other responsibilities.
Many businesses can’t afford to take on additional permanent employees. This could result in long-term casuals being let go.
There won’t be as many casual jobs as the proposed changes mean businesses will be limited on offering casual work.
Say hi to Sara. She’s absolutely stacked studying a podiatry degree and relies on being able to pick up casual retail work when she doesn’t have much due, and dropping a few shifts when she’s got tests coming up. Sound familiar?
Casual work helps Stephie pick up shifts at the hospital around her kids’ commitments. Having to go permanent would make it really hard for her to be the best mum she can.
Martina works casually as a teacher while juggling a few passion projects, so having to commit to part-time or full-time teaching would put a lot of pressure on her.
Austin's a freelance creative who picks up casual hospo shifts when he needs some extra cash. He can barely commit to a gym schedule let alone a permanent work schedule, so the proposed new rules would add a lot of stress to Austin’s life.
Nick’s saving for an overseas holiday and his higher hourly rate as a casual is helping him reach his goal quickly. Under the proposed new rules though, if he has to go part-time he’ll lose his casual loading, which means he won’t be able to save enough to travel this year.