Terms of Employment

Information about the laws relating to working conditions in Australia...

Under the National Employment Standards (NES) established in January 2010 all employees are entitled to certain minimum conditions.

Fair Work is a government organisation whose role is to determine that both employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities within the workplace.

  • For further information from the Australian government: Click here

All employers covered by the national workplace relations system must provide an employee with a Fair Work Information Statement as soon as the employee starts work.

Employment can be full-time, part-time or casual. In general a full-time job involves a continuing contract of employment.

  • For information on full-time, part-time and casual work in Australia: Click here
  • The Fair Work website provides an employment checklist for anyone starting work: Click here (PDF)
  • For information on termination of employment: Click here

Working Hours

Working hours vary according to the employer and the type of industry. Although a national 38 hour working week was introduced, many people work longer hours.

  • For information on working hours in Australia: Click here

Tax File Number

Anyone working in Australia needs a Tax File Number (TFN) which determines their tax rate. This can be obtained from the Australian Tax Office.