Big changes to laws about fixed term employment contracts

From 6 December 2023, new limits on the use of fixed term contracts will be in place. For employees other than casuals, this includes:

  • Maximum 2-year contract period — A fixed term contract can’t be for a period of more than 2 years, including renewals and extensions.
  • No more than 2 consecutive contracts — In certain circumstances, an employee can’t have more than 2 consecutive contracts for the same or similar work.

If an employee and employer are in dispute about a fixed term contract , and the issue can’t be resolved at the workplace, the Commission may be able to deal with the dispute. This includes by mediation, conciliation or consent arbitration.

Furthermore, from 6 December 2023 employers will be required to provide a statutory notice about the new legal position when offering fixed term enployment contracts to employees.