Casual workers in Australia and how they are being protected following the outbreak of COVID-19

COVID-19 Casual employees Infectious diseases Pandemics Labour market Australia

Key points:

  • A range of policy measures have been introduced to protect casual workers affected by the outbreak of COVID-19
  • There were just over 2.6 million casual workers employed in Australia in August 2019 who accounted for 24.4 per cent of all employees.
  • Tasmania had the highest casual employee share of total employees in August 2019 (at 28.3 per cent) while the Northern Territory had the lowest casual share at 21.2 per cent.
  • Retail and accommodation and food services account for a large proportion of all casual workers across Australia. And there are large numbers of casual workers employed in social assistance services, construction, health, education, road transport and other service industries.
  • The predominant occupations for casual workers are sales assistants and salespersons, hospitality workers, carers and aides, sales support workers and food preparation assistants.
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