Casual Employment Information Statement
The new Casual Employment Information Statement is now available for download. All employers are obligated to give a copy of this statement to any new casual employee employed on or after 27 March 2021.
On Friday 26 March 2021, the Fair Work Act 2009 (FW Act) was amended to change workplace rights and obligations for casual employees. The changes were made by the Fair Work Amendment (Supporting Australia’s Jobs and Economic Recovery) Act 2021 (Amendment Act). The Amendment Act introduced a new Casual Employment Information Statement.
Employers must give every new casual employee a copy of the Casual Employment Information Statement (the CEIS) before, or as soon as possible after, they start their new job. You can download the Casual Employment Information Statement here.
The statement includes information on the following:
- the definition of a casual employee
- casual conversion requirements (that apply to offers and requests)
- steps to resolve disagreements
There are transitional provisions that apply to existing casual employees:
- Small business employers must give a copy of this statement to casual employees ASAP.
- Other businesses must give a copy of this statement to employees ASAP after 27 September 2021.
The date 27 September 2021 marks the end of the transition period for employers (other than small business employers). During this six-month period, these employers must make an assessment of each casual employee and whether they are required to offer casual conversion under the terms of the Amendment Act and, if so, go through the applicable processes under the Act.
For more information on the industrial relations reforms and rules around casual conversion, see Changes to Casual Employment on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.