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Part Time / Casual Work

Part time job opportunities in Australia are varied and diverse. The more comfortable you are with English the better, as the customer service sector is where you are likely to find work. Finding part time employment in Australia is not difficult for students and there are usually student unions and employment advising centres that will help students find suitable employment that will give you more than just a pay cheque at the end of the day. These services are aimed directly at finding relevant and satisfactory work for students and can be very helpful to those who choose to utilize them. Students can expect to work as waiters, shop clerks, office assistants, kitchen hands, customer service reps, junior camp counselors etc.

Part-time employees within Australia are legally entitled to paid annual leave, sick leave, and maternity leave etc. except it is covered on a ‘pro-rata’ (percentage) basis depending on the hours worked each week.
Wages: In Australia full-time employees usually work 38 hours a week. They are paid for a full week’s work and receive benefits like paid annual leave and sick leave.

Part-time employees work less than 38 hours a week but generally receive the same benefits. These are calculated on a proportionate or ‘pro rata’ basis. If you are employed part-time you will usually work regular hours or shifts.

Casual employees work on an hourly or daily basis and are less likely to have regular or guaranteed hours. They do not get paid sick leave or annual leave, but the rate of pay is usually higher to make up for this.