The first thing you need to know about employing people in Australia is the fact that although Australia has a skilled workforce and flexible employment conditions, it has a wide range of legislative requirements.
The Fair Work Act 2009 has established the national workplace relations system in which employers and employees have the same workplace rights and obligations, regardless of the state they work in.
Employing People – Pay and conditions
If you work under the national workplace relations system, you can have a look at the Fair Work
- Website: https://www.fairwork.gov.au/
- Phone: 13 13 94
If you’re covered by the Western Australian workplace relations system, you may want to see the Labor Relations;
- Website: http://www.commerce.wa.gov.au/labour-relations
- Phone: 1300 655 266
Employing People – Where to get your skilled staff
The Australian government provides a couple of websites to help you with your recruitment needs.
- Website: http://jobsearch.gov.au/
- Phone: 13 17 15
2- Job Services Australia:
- Website: https://www.employment.gov.au/news/job-services-australia-support-job-seekers-and-employers
- Phone: 1800 805 260
- Website: https://jobactive.gov.au/
- Phone: 131715
Other websites that are not run by the Australian government includes;
Contractors are usually treated differently from employees for tax and superannuation purposes. Having an Australian Business Number (ABN) does not mean a worker is an independent contractor. Therefore, you should know what is required when hiring contractors by;
- Visiting the section about independent contractors at:
- Placing a phone call at (13 28 46)
- Using the employee/contractor decision tool on the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) website at:
Employing People – National Employment Standards (NES)
NES are 10 minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees which are:
- Maximum weekly hours
- Requests for flexible working arrangements
- Parental leave and related entitlements
- Annual leave
- Personal carers leave and compassionate leave
- Community service leave
- Long service leave
- Public holidays
- Notice of termination and redundancy pay
- Fair Work Information Statement
For a detailed description of each item, refer to the Fair Work Ombudsman at;
Apprentices & Trainees
As an employer, you must withhold the correct amount of Pay As You Go (PAYG) withholding and make superannuation contributions for your employees’ apprentices and trainees.
You can learn more about this by contacting the Australian Apprenticeships;
- Website: http://www.australianapprenticeships.gov.au/
- Phone: 13 38 73
In order to employ people from other countries, you need to consult the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at;
- Website: http://www.border.gov.au/Busi
- Phone 13 18 81
Employing People – Equal employment opportunity & anti-discrimination
One of your obligations as an employer is to create a workplace that offers equal opportunities and is free from any type of discrimination.
Australian Human Rights Commission is the one you should refer to for such matters.
- Website: http://www.humanrights.gov.au/
- Phone: 1300 369 711
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Part One - Business Startup Australia – Introduction Part Two - Business Startup Australia: Getting Help and Support Part Three - Business Startup Australia: Business Structure Part Four - Business Startup Australia: Business Plan Part Five - Business Startup Australia: Obtaining Finance Part Six - Business Startup Australia: Registering Your Business Part Seven - Business Startup Australia: Registering Business Name Part Eight - Business Startup Australia: Understanding Australian Taxes Part Nine - Business Startup Australia: Home-based Business Part Ten - Business Startup Australia: Online Business Part Twelve - Business Startup Australia: Workplace Health & Safety Part Thirteen - Business Startup Australia: Online Marketing Part Fourteen - Business Startup Australia: Securing Your Online Business Part Fifteen - Business Startup Australia: Importing Part Sixteen - Business Startup Australia: Exportation