Working Hours - Public Service

The hours of duty for a full time employee are, on average, 76 hours per fortnight.

An employee employed part time, is employed on a regular basis for less than 76 hours per fortnight.

A standard day is 7.6 hours, not including an unpaid meal break. The Department will not require an employee to perform ordinary hours of work outside the times of 7.00am to 7.00pm which is the agreed "span of hours". The ordinary hours of work can, by agreement, be worked flexibly to best meet both the Department's work requirements and the employee's personal or family circumstances.

Arrangements between a manager and the employee on hours of work should include but are not limited to:

  • the days to be worked;
  • starting and finishing times;
  • the time and duration of any breaks;
  • in the case of part time employees, the number of hours to be worked in a fortnight;
  • any flexible working arrangements and the process for varying hours of work.

Emergency & Security Management

Incident Response Officers work an average of 152 hours within a 28-calendar day work cycle. During the work cycle, the employee may be required to work at any time on any day of the week, provided that:

  • the employee is not required to work in excess of 20 shifts within a work cycle, unless otherwise agreed between the employee and his/her manager;
  • a shift is not less than two hours or greater than 12 hours, unless otherwise agreed between the employee and his/her manager;
  • the employee cannot be required to work more than five hours continuously without an unpaid meal break of at least thirty minutes.

Hours of work should be arranged in a way that best meets the needs of the work unit and the personal circumstances of individual employees.

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