New rules for fixed term contracts

Changes to fixed term contracts apply from 6 December 2023

Key points

  • 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 after a set date or period of time or a season). This includes contracts where the employee is employed for a specific period
  • 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)
  • There are limitations on how fixed term contracts can be used
  • There are some exceptions to whom these limitations apply.

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.

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

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