What are the new provisions for Casual Employees?

  • There is a new 3 hour minimum engagement period for Casuals. This means your employer must pay you for a 3 hour shift every time you work.
  • On registration of the Agreement casual loading will automatically increase to 22%. On 13 June 2020 casual loading will automatically increase again to 25%.
  • Casual Employees will be in a better position to access annual increments.
  • Clarification that Casuals are eligible for long service leave.

Please note that all new casual clauses are in force as of registration on Monday 4 November 2019. This means that you will not receive back-pay for the 22% casual loading.

What is different about the 3 hour minimum engagement period?

Prior to the new provisions in the CSA Agreement 2019 there was no minimum engagement period for Casual Employees. This meant your Employer could send you home whenever they wanted to. Under the new provisions they have to pay you for a minimum of 3 hours. For example, if your Employer asks you to work a 4 hours shift, but sends you home after 1.5 hours, they will still need to pay you for 3 hours of work.

What is casual loading and why is it increasing?

Casual loading is compensation for an employee not having access to annual leave, personal leave and payment for public holidays. It used to be paid in lieu of long service leave. However, long service leave legislation has changed this. Please see more information about long service leave below.

Casual loading in the Federal system is 25%, in the state system it was 20%. Your Union argued that this is unfair and that casual loading should be increased to 25%. The government were reluctant but eventually agreed to a staged increase in the loading over the life of the Agreement. On registration of the Agreement casual loading will increase to 22%, on 13 June 2020 it will automatically increase to 25%.

What are annual increments and how will they affect my employment?

Annual increments are pay increases which recognise the experience you have gained in the Public Sector. For example, if you are a casual employee initially employed as a level 2.1, after a year of service you may be eligible to increase to level 2.2.  Your Union will be working to develop an agreed process for casuals to access higher increments over the next couple of months.

Level 2

2018 rate (pa)

2019 rate (pa)
13 June 2019

2020 rate (pa) 
13 June 2020


$ 61,172

$ 62,172

$ 63,172


$ 62,781

$ 63,781

$ 64,781


$ 64,482

$ 65,482

$ 66,482


$ 66,256

$ 67,256

$ 68,256

Do casuals get long service leave?

Yes, under the Long Service Leave Act, full-time, part-time and casual employees are entitled to long service leave. This has been clarified in your new Agreement. Most Public Sector employees accrue long service leave over a seven year period. To determine your long service leave entitlement the employer will average the number of hours you have worked per week over the term of service necessary to access long service leave. This figure will then be used to calculate what portion of the standard long service leave entitlement you receive. 

If you have any queries please contact your Delegate or the Union Office on (08) 9323 3800

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