In a recent decision by the full bench of the Fair Work Commission, it has determined that modern awards should enable casual employees to elect to convert to full-time or part-time employment, subject to certain rules and restrictions (as the current Electrical, Electronic and Communications Contracting Award 2010 does). The ruling is part of the four-yearly review of modern awards.
The decision said modern awards included a loading for casual employees that "notionally" compensated for the NES entitlements such as sick leave and annual leave but this did not take account of the detriments for adult long-term casuals. On that
Under the proposed model clause, the employer must provide all casual employees with a copy of the casual conversion clause within 12 months of their initial engagement. However,
Casual employees who work regular hours will have the right to apply for permanent employment after 12 months of regular service, but employers will have the right to refuse such requests if
The Commission rejected claims to impose four-hour minimum shifts across the board and instead adopted a two-hour minimum shift requirement where awards are silent.
The Commission is waiting for further submissions by early August before
(4 yearly review of modern awards – Casual employment and Part-time employment  FWCFB 3541 (5 July 2017))
Disclaimer: The above summary is not legal advice. Employers should contact NECA Legal (WA) Pty Ltd to discuss casual conversions on (08) 6241 6129 or email email@example.com