ABC website October 1 2018
From today, casual workers will be able to ask their employers for permanent positions if they have worked in that job for 12 months.
The ruling by the Fair Work Commission allows casuals who have worked regular hours for at least one year to have their application for a permanent position taken seriously by their employer.
Your employer can still refuse your request to make your position permanent, but they'd need to have reasonable grounds - such as not seeing your job being available in the next 12 months or if it would require a significant adjustment to your hours of work.
Your boss also has to have consulted with you before deciding not to grant you a permanent position.
Gerard Dwyer, the National Secretary for SDA - the union for retail, fast-food and warehouse workers - said the ruling is going to make a "world of difference to many workers".
"This creates a pathway to permanent work for those who haven't had that option in the
past," Mr Dwyer said.
"For too long some businesses have used casual work as a substitute for decent secure
jobs at the expense workers and their families."
Casual work doesn't really have a legal definition in Australia, but it's widely considered to be employment where there is no paid annual leave or sick leave.
"Permanent work guarantees workers access to paid sick leave and paid annual leave and removes the very real risk of employers cutting shifts at the last minute, which obviously has a huge impact on people's ability to plan their lives and manage their finances," Mr Dwyer said.
The Fair Work Commission was unable to provide a comment on the ruling, but did point out a clause relevant to asking your employer for information on moving from casual to permanent from today.
"An employer must provide a casual employee, whether a regular casual employee or not, with a copy of the provisions of this sub-clause within the first 12 months of the employee's first engagement to perform work," the decision said.
"In respect of casual employees already employed as at 1 October 2018, an employer must provide such employees with a copy of the provisions of this subclause by 1 January 2019."
You can find out more about how to apply for a permanent position on the Fair Work Commission website.