Factsheets: Sources of Employment Rights

Unions have campaigned to win and defend virtually every workplace right that we enjoy today —from the 38-hour work week to superannuation and to paid family and domestic violence leave. Those employment rights come from a number of different legal sources. There are also several different organisations that establish, administer and enforce these rights and standards. In this section you can find information on:

Types of Employment

How you are employed affects what your entitlements are at work, what responsibilities you have and even how much you can expect to be paid. The most common types of employment are listed below. Full-time Full-time employees have a permanent position or are on a fixed-term contract. Full-time employment usually means working around 38 hours…


Enterprise Agreements

Enterprise agreements are deals made between employers and employees and their union about the terms and conditions of their employment.


Fair Work Laws

For information on Employment Rights and more visit, the Australian Unions Support Centre. The Australian Unions Support Centre provides free and confidential assistance and information for all workplace issues including: Casual Work Pay Leave Ending Employment Health and Safety Browse our Support Centre website to learn more.