As part of the Australian Government’s Secure Jobs, Better Pay workplace law changes, rules about using fixed term contracts are changing on 6 December 2023.
From 6 December 2023, new rules apply to the use of fixed term contracts.
An employee on a fixed term contract is employed for a specific period.
The changes include new rules about:
• How long fixed term contracts can be
• Extending fixed term contracts
• Offering new contracts that are substantially similar to previous contracts.
There are some exceptions to these rules that apply. Learn more at New rules for fixed term contracts.
From 6 December 2023, employers must give employees they’re engaging on new fixed term contracts a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS).
The FTCIS will be available to download from our website on that date. We’ll also send you a reminder email on 6 December.
The FTCIS must be provided to employees before, or as soon as possible after, they enter into a new fixed term contract.
In addition to the FTCIS, employers 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.
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.
Find out more at Fair Work Act changes: Protecting Worker Entitlements.
You can also access our visual timeline covering recent and upcoming workplace laws changes: Upcoming workplace law changes affecting you.