What is the difference between a casual and temporary employee?

A casual employee:

  • has no guaranteed hours of work
  • usually works irregular hours
  • doesn’t get paid personal or annual leave
  • can end employment without notice (some exclusions apply, check award, employment contract or registered agreement)


A temporary employee:

  • is generally employed for a specific period of time for a specific task
  • is different to permanent/on-going employees as their employment has an end date
  • can be either full-time or part-time
  • is entitled to the same wages, penalties and leave as permanent employees.