From 6 December 2023, employers can no longer employ an employee on a fixed-term contract that:
– is for 2 or more years (including extensions)
– may be extended more than once, or
– is a new contract:
– that is for the same or a substantially similar role as previous contracts
– with substantial continuity of the employment relationship between the end of the previous contract and the new contract, and either:
– the total period of the contracts is 2 or more years,
– the new contract can be renewed or extended, or
– a previous contract was extended.
The changes were introduced as part of the Pay secrecy, job ads and flexible work amendments. See the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website for more details.