NatRoad News: Government changes to Fixed Term Contracts are arriving 6 December

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From 6 December 2023, new rules will apply to employees who are being engaged on fixed term contracts. 
 
A fixed term contract is one that terminates at the end of a specific period. The new rules make it compulsory to give any new employees being engaged this way a Fixed Term Contract Information Statement (FTCIS) and a Fair Work Information Statement (FWIS). 
 
You can download a copy of the Fair Work Information Statement here. The Fair Work Fixed Term Contract Information Statement will be available via the same link from 6 December. 
 
There are limitations on how fixed term contracts can be used. The main one is that a fixed term contract cannot be for longer than two years, including extensions and renewals. 
 
An employer cannot re-employ someone on a new fixed term contract if it will be mainly for the same work as a previous fixed term contract, and there hasn’t been a substantial break in the employment relationship between the previous and new contracts. Other applicable clauses can be found here
 
There are some exceptions to who these rules apply to, including emergency circumstances or temporary absences, and you’ll find a full list here
 
If you need assistance, contact a NatRoad advisor on 1800 272 144 or 02 6295 3000.