Contains issues that may form the basis of a jurisdictional issue
A genuine contract for a specified period terminates by the passing of time at the end of the period rather than by termination at the initiative of the employer.
In order to be a contract for a specified period of time the dates of commencement and completion of the contract must be unambiguous.
If the contract gives either party an unqualified right to terminate the contract on notice, or with payment in lieu of notice, it will not be a contract for a specified time.
A contract giving either party the right to terminate for a breach of the contract may still be a contract for a specified period of time.
A contract may still be a contract for a specified period of time if it allows for review and extension by consent after a specified period of time.
Where there has been a series of fixed-term contracts and renewal is a mere formality the Fair Work Commission may look beyond the terms of the contract to the reality of the employment relationship.
 Andersen v Umbakumba Community Council (1994) 126 ALR 121, 125‒126 (von Doussa J).
 ibid., 126.
 ibid., (in passing).
 Ogilvie v Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Association Incorporated, PR921908 (AIRC, Hampton DP, 28 August 2002) at para. 13; outlining the broad principles in Grycan v Table Tennis Australia Incorporated, Print R7452 (AIRCFB, Giudice J, Boulton J, Cribb C, 23 July 1999); Trigar v La Trobe University, Print T2860 (AIRCFB, Giudice J, Acton SDP, Gay C, 1 November 2000); and Pacific Rim Employment Pty Ltd v Lloyd, PR912882 (AIRCFB, Giudice J, Kaufman SDP, O’Connor C, 4 January 2002) at para. 20.
 Smith v Mareeba RSLA Services Club Inc  FWC 351 (Spencer C, 15 March 2013) at paras 46–47; citing Banchit v St Mina’s Global Restaurants Pty Ltd, PR940477 (AIRC, Harrison C, 14 November 2003) at para. 39.