If you are going to work, you need to know your rights.
It is important to know about your Work rights in Australia. Australians want you to be safe and secure. Here is a list of things to think about before starting a new job.
Know your visa.
Your visa requirements will guide you to do the right thing. Working hours will vary with each visa type and this information will help you to know what jobs you can legally apply for. Check with your Immigration Agent and the for more details.
Types of work in Australia.
Full-time employees work permanently around 38 hours per week and accrue holiday and sick leave. Part-time employees work less than 38 hours on a permanent basis and also accrue holiday and sick leave. The rate of pay is higher for casual workers, to make up for not getting any holiday or sick leave and irregular shifts. Some professions are able to get penalty rates (extra money) for working weekends, early mornings and late nights. Check your payrate at the Industrial Relations website
The Australian Tax Office () has set a scale to make sure people pay tax, including people from The more you earn, the more tax you will pay. If you are paid with cash by your employer, you must have an Australian Business Number () and declare your income at the end of each financial year to the ATO. Employer’s must take the tax out for you and give you a payslip.
Working for free is illegal.
All work in Australia must be paid for, unless you have volunteered somewhere and you know that you are working for free. Employers must pay you for all meetings and training as well. Go to the Fair Work website for more information.
Discrimination is where employers don’t treat you fairly because of how you look or where you come from. There are many laws in Australia to prevent discrimination and International students should know their rights regarding this matter to make sure your employer is doing the right thing. Look and for information.
For the best career outcomes you should follow Australia’s laws and know what your rights and responsibilities are as an employee. If you are a student at SELC and need more information regarding this, please talk to your teacher.