What are the three types of employment contracts?

There are three types of employment contracts: permanent employment contracts, fixed-term employment contracts and casual employment contracts.

A permanent employment contract is for employees who are paid a salary or hourly rate and who work regular hours. This type of contract may apply to full- or part-time work and is ongoing until it is terminated by the employer or employee.

A fixed-term employment contract has a set end date. For example, a job covering maternity leave would require a fixed-term contract. Employees with a fixed-term contract have the same rights as permanent employees.

A casual employment contract is used when employers cannot guarantee a regular working pattern. The contract should detail the minimum number of hours that employees are expected to work each week.