Supporting workers in short-term, casual, insecure or irregular roles

Guidance and awareness on key issues experienced by people in temporary work, and suggested actions


People in short-term, casual, insecure or irregular work can feel disconnected and isolated from their colleagues and team. This can lead to declining wellbeing and mental ill-health for these individuals.

Certain groups of people (e.g. women, young individuals, migrant individuals, and individuals from a culturally and linguistically diverse background) are at an increased risk within a workplace, and are typically employed in short-term, casual and irregular roles.1

As an employer, you have an obligation to provide and maintain a working environment for your workers that is safe and free from risks to their mental health and wellbeing, so far as reasonably practicable.

How to use this guide

1. Read the following key issues and examine if they resonate with the workers and roles in your workplace

2. Undertake the suggested actions, and tailor this to your workplace, to mitigate key issues

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Definitions to describe the different working arrangements of temporary work

The term ‘temporary work’ is collectively used to refer to all five types of work arrangements as described above.

This guide does not apply to gig workers such as those engaged in ridesharing services, Airtasker, etc, which may not always be subject to standard workplace regulations.

Key issues and suggested actions