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Changes to casual employment laws 

New laws can into effect on September 27 regarding the eligibility of casuals to convert to permanent employment. Read more here.

By 27 September 2021, employers (other than small business employers) were required to assess whether any existing casual employees (employed before 27 March 2021) are eligible to be offered to convert to permanent employment.

Employers obligations:

  • make a written offer to convert their casual employees to permanent employment (this must be done within 21 days after making the assessment), or
  • write to employees explaining why they won’t be made an offer (this needs to be done within 21 days of making the assessment but by no later than 27 September 2021).

To accept an offer to convert, employees need to respond in writing within 21 days after getting the offer. If they don’t respond, employers can assume that they’ve declined the offer.

For more information, read the workplace relations circular on changes to the casual conversion clause in modern awards or refer to Fair Work Ombudsman on casual employees becoming permanent.

Watch this video about the changes to casual employment laws, including how small business employers are affected and the Casual Employment Information Statement

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