The RDO or Rostered Day Off is a paid day of leave in a roster period that is enabled through the use of working additional time each working day to accrue the extra time needed for the day off.

So how often do you get a Rostered Day Off?

For most businesses, an RDO is typically one day off every fortnight (two weeks) or month (four weeks).

So how does a Rostered Day Off work?

A Rostered Day Off works on the premise that you are working a little bit of extra time every day so you can accrue enough time to have a full shift rostered off and still get paid.

Calculating a Rostered Day Off

In the public sector, a standard workday is often 7.6 hours (which is 7 hours, 36 minutes)

If employees still work 8 hours each day they accrue an additional 0.4 hours (24 minutes) for each day they work.

Over a standard month, by working 19 days with an extra 24 minutes they have accrued 7.6 hours.

This enables employees to have a fully rostered day off once a month.

What are the benefits of a Rostered Day Off?

The general premise is that it enables the employee to have a rostered day off every fortnight/month etc so they can schedule activities outside of work and save their annual leave for a holiday.

There is also a belief that by allowing employees an RDO each month, they are less likely to take unscheduled sick leave.



Are Rostered Days Off common in call centres?

Having a rostered day off is not as common as it used to be as we move towards more flexible working arrangements, particularly with COVID.

The exception to this would be public sector call centres where they are still quite common.

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