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Fair Work Australia student job draft ruling sensible

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Tuesday, 21 June 2011


The Nationals Federal Member for Mallee John Forrest has welcomed a Fair Work Australia decision to allow minimum 1.5 hour shifts for secondary student after school jobs.

“The current three hours required under the award meant many kids were penalised because they couldn’t get a casual after school job,” Mr Forrest said.

“Businesses were having to turn students away because they were not open for three hours after school and couldn’t afford to pay three hours wages for an hour and a half of work.

“Consequently, students were prevented from develop their work ethic and making a bit of pocket money.”

The draft ruling applies to secondary school students working for retailers between 3pm and 6.30pm on weekdays and comes after an application to Fair Work Australia by the National Retail Association last year (see

Mr Forrest urged employers to be pro-active in offering part time jobs to secondary students, many of whom were saving to go to university.

“This casual after school work, especially if the workplace is close to home to reduce travel costs, is often a way for a young person to prove they are keen to work, keen to learn , show their initiative and hone their people skills,” Mr Forrest said.

Mr Forrest can be contacted on 0428 500 186.