Australia has a number of different requirements and regulations
to abide by in terms of human resources; having a partner who
understands local rules can provide you with everything you need to
keep on top of essential HR requirements.
Here's a brief summary of HR and payroll requirements in
Employers must contribute 9.5% of
each employee's gross salary and a number of pay items that
cone under the heading ordinary time earnings, up to a quarterly
salary cap, to a complying superannuation fund or a retirement
Public Health System
2% is levied on the taxable income of
Australian residents (who are eligible for Medicare benefits in
Australia) to fund Medicare.
There is no statutory requirement for
a written employment contract in Australia although it is common
practice to do so.
Employers who dismiss an employee
without a notice of termination to the employee in advance must pay
the employee an amount equal to what the employee would have
received had he/she worked during the notice period.
An employee dismissed due to their
current role no longer being available (under certain criteria),
known as a redundancy, can be entitled to a severance payment,
which based on National Employment Standard under Fairwork
legislation varies between four to 16 weeks' pay, based on the
employee's years of service.
A foreign worker may be employed
temporarily or nominated for permanent migration to Australia
after the position is offered first
to Australian residents
if the pay and working conditions are
not inferior to those of Australians doing comparable jobs
when the employment does not affect
long-term employment conditions and training opportunities for
The Temporary Business (Long Stay)
Standard Business Sponsorship Visa (Subclass 457) is the most
commonly used visa, which allows a foreign national to work for the
sponsoring employer in Australia for up to four years
Employees can also obtain permanent
employer nominated work visas, such as the Employer Nomination
Scheme visa (Subclass 186) or the Regional Sponsored Migration
Scheme visa (Subclass 187)
Employees are entitled to four
weeks' annual paid leave for each 12 months of service, and
shift workers are entitled to five weeks' annual paid leave for
each 12 months of service
To qualify for five weeks' paid
leave, an employee must be classified as a shift worker under the
employment agreement. If not, the employee must fulfil the
He/she is employed in an enterprise
where shifts are continuously rostered 24 hours a day, for seven
days a week;
is regularly rostered to work in
regularly works on Sundays and public
New minimum wage figures are
announced on 1 July each year. From 1 July 2016, the minimum wage
is AUD$672.70 per week (AUD$17.70 per hour).
Employment in Australia is governed by:
Common law: This includes regulations
related to employment contracts between employers and
Industrial relations: All employers
are governed by Fairwork Act 2009.
The Fair Work Act 2009 establishes 10
National Employment Standards (NES) that are statutory minimum
terms and conditions of employment
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