Hours of work
See exactly what you need to know about standard working hours in Australia as a HR professional here. The National Employment Standards (NES) provide that the maximum weekly hours which a full-time employee can be required to work is 38, plus reasonable additional hours. An employer and an award/agreement-free employee also may agree in writing to averaging hours of work over a maximum period of 26 weeks. Modern awards and enterprise agreements may also include terms regarding averaging hours of work over a specified period. Both the NES and modern awards commenced operation on 1 January 2010. This section discusses hours of work in detail.