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.