New rules for fixed term contracts

From 6 December 2023, new limitations will apply to fixed term contracts of employment, as part of the Australian Government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay workplace law changes.

Key points

  • The new rules apply when engaging employees on fixed term contracts.
  • A fixed term contract terminates at the end of a specific period. This includes contracts where the employee is employed for a specific period.

The new rules include

  • a requirement for employers to give any employees they are engaging on a new fixed term contract a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS).
  • limitations on how fixed term contracts can be used.

There are some exceptions to who these rules apply to.

What this means for you

  • Employers must give employees they are engaging on new fixed term contracts a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS), which will be available to download from The Fair Work Ombudsman on the 6th of December 2023.
  • The FTCIS must be provided to employees before, or as soon as possible after, they enter into a new fixed term contract.
  • employers will also need to provide new fixed term contract employees with the Fair Work Information Statement. This is a separate document that provides information about minimum workplace rights and entitlements.

For more information see Fair Work Information Statement

Other upcoming workplace law changes

There are other upcoming changes to the Fair Work Act, including:

  • changes to authorised employee deductions.
  • the right to superannuation in the National Employment Standards.

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Please feel free to contact our office should you have any questions regarding any of the above information.