Fair Work: New rules for fixed term contracts

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.

What’s changing

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.

Fixed Term Contract Information Statement

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 the Fair Work website on that date. The FTCIS must be provided to employees before, or as soon as possible after, they enter into a new fixed term contract.

Reminder: Fair Work Information Statement

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.

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.

Find out more at Fair Work Act changes: Protecting Worker Entitlements.