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New rules for fixed term contracts

From 6 December 2023, new rules apply when engaging employees on fixed term contracts.

A fixed term contract terminates at the end of a set period (for example, the contract ends on a set date or after a set period of time or a season).

The new rules include a requirement for employers to give any employees they’re engaging on a new fixed term contract a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS).

They also include some limitations on how fixed term contracts can be used. There are some exceptions to who these limitations apply to which means they don’t apply to all fixed term contracts. The limitations also don’t apply to casual employees.

Fixed Term Contract Information Statement

From 6 December 2023, employers must give every employee engaged under a new fixed term contract a copy of the Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS). The FTCIS needs to be given when the employee enters, or as soon as possible after entering, the fixed term contract.

The FTCIS provides fixed term employees with information about fixed term employment, including the rules about when fixed term contracts are allowed to be made.

Download here: FTCIS

For more information regarding the New Rule, please visit Fairwork.com.au