Up to 13,000 public sector workers employed on casual or fixed-term contracts in Western Australia will be considered for secure permanent roles this year, Premier Mark McGowan says.
Under the plan, public servants who have worked this way for more than two years will be eligible for permanent positions, meaning as many as 10,000 more workers could secure full-time jobs next year as well.
"It's just not right that on a yearly basis, someone who is doing an important job for the public has insecurity in their work," Mr McGowan told reporters on Thursday.
"They may well get renewed at the end of the year - they probably will - but they don't have security to enter into a mortgage or take out a car loan."
Mr McGowan said the insecure arrangements had been used to avoid salary or employee caps.
More full-time public servants meant using consultancies and "very expensive" outsourcing arrangements less, he said.
Nicole, who has had insecure work providing residential care services for vulnerable children, said it was hard to make long term plans.
"You don't know if you're going to get your contract extended, so you kind of live three months at a time if you're lucky, and if you don't, you might go back to casual," she said.
"Any entitlements you might have accumulated all gets lost and you have to start again.
"If you had been rolling on for a certain amount of time, you might get a pay increment increase but then that also gets lost when you revert back to casual."
The CPSU said the inappropriate use of rolling fixed-term contracts and casual employment had risen exponentially in the WA public sector over the past decade and the union had been campaigning against.
Australian Associated Press