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How have the rules changed for casuals in Covid?

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Casual employees were the first to lose employment during Covid. Image: Bigstock
In late 2019, there were just over 2.6 million casual workers in Australia, accounting for 24 per cent of all employees. A large proportion of these casual workers are within the retail sector and are more likely to be young, usually aged between 15 and 24 years old. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic has significantly impacted all employment, but arguably casual employees have been most affected. The Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates that around one in five workers were affected by eit