Employment

Whether it’s employing your first staff member, growing your team or attracting the right skill set there is plenty to consider.

What to decide before you hire staff?

Before you hire staff, there are plenty of things you will need to consider. These could include:

  • What you want your employee to do and the level of skill you want them to have.
  • The employee conditions and pay level you will offer.
  • Award rates of pay.
  • Employment type, for example full-time, part-time or casual, apprentice or trainee.
  • Probationary periods and/or fixed-term contract.
  • Additional costs that will be involved in hiring an employee, such as training, insurance and superannuation.

Visit the useful links below to find out more.

What are my obligations as an employer?

Your obligations will depend on the type of industry you are in, the employment type you choose and the amount of staff you have. These could include:

  • Occupational Health and Safety Obligations
  • Insurance Obligations
  • Taxation Obligations
  • Superannuation Obligations

Visit business.gov.au’s Employ people page External Link - opens in new window, the Australian Taxation Office’s Employer obligation checklist External Link - opens in new window and the useful links below to find out more.

How do I know what my employee is entitled to?

Like your obligations, employee entitlements will be dependent on the type of industry you are in and the type of employment you are offering.

Entitlements you may be required to provide to your employee include:

  • Annual leave
  • Personal and carer’s leave
  • Long service leave
  • Maximum weekly hours
  • Notice of termination and redundancy pay

Visit business.gov.au’s Employ people page External Link - opens in new window, the Fair Work website External Link - opens in new window and the useful links below to find out more.

What if I can’t find staff?

If you are having difficulty finding staff to hire with the skill sets you require you could consider sponsoring a skilled migrant to fill your vacancy.

To find out more about sponsoring a skilled employee visit the Canberra. Create your future website External Link - opens in new window.

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