Ordinary hours of work

Ordinary hours of work are the hours an employee usually works. Your ordinary hours can be important when calculating your entitlements. For example, if you take 2 weeks of annual leave, you will normally be paid for your ordinary hours of work while on leave.

If you’re covered by an award or industrial agreement, the award or industrial agreement might set out what ordinary hours are in your job.

If you’re not covered by an award or industrial agreement, ordinary hours of work are likely to be:

• 38 hours per week for a full time employee; or
• the usual weekly hours of work for a part time employee.

Ordinary hours of work usually exclude overtime and are normally calculated over a weekly period.