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Everything you need to know to hire compliantly in Australia

Employer of Record (EoR) in Australia

Employment contracts in Australia

Payroll and benefits in Australia

Leaves and time off in Australia

Employee protection in Australia

End of employment in Australia

Recent developments in Australia

Local and international employment law is always changing. Thankfully, we keep a close eye on the latest developments, so you don’t have to. Read on to find out what’s been happening in Australia.

The Fair Work Amendment (Paid Family and Domestic Violence Leave) Act 2022 (Cth) received Royal Assent on 9th November 2022. This Bill amends the existing entitlement to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave (FDV leave), replacing it with 10 days of paid leave. The Bill also extends the entitlement to casual workers, and expands the scope to include violence from former intimate partners and non-related household members. Under this Bill, employees are entitled to paid FDV leave at their full rate of pay (not their base rate of pay).

More protections against wage theft (2020)

In recent years, two state legislatures have passed laws to criminalise wage theft in Australia. In June 2020, the Victorian Government passed the Wage Theft Act 2020 (Vic), which establishes three new criminal offences to tackle wage theft. In September 2020, the Queensland Legislative Assembly passed the Criminal Code and Other Legislation (Wage Theft) Amendment Act 2020 (Qld). The Act amends the definition of stealing under the Criminal Code Act 1899 (Qld) to explicitly include failures to pay an employee for work they have performed.

Modern slavery risk reporting (2019)

In November 2018, the Australian government passed the Modern Slavery Act (Cth), which came into effect on 1st January 2019. This Act requires businesses and other organisations over a certain size to report annually on the risks of modern slavery in their operations and supply chain. The reporting requirements apply to companies with a consolidated revenue of A$100 million, amounting to over 3,000 Australian businesses.

More protections for vulnerable workers (2017)

Following a series of high-profile underpayment cases involving immigrant employees, Parliament passed the Fair Work Amendment (Protecting Vulnerable Workers) Bill 2017 on 5th September 2017. The amends the Fair Work Act 2009, and introduces several new protections for workers and penalties for non-compliant employers. For example, courts are now able to impose a higher financial penalty for ‘serious contraventions,’ amounting to ten times the previous limit. The Bill also doubled the maximum penalty for record-keeping and payslip breaches and made franchisors and holding companies responsible for underpayments by their franchisees or subsidiaries in certain circumstances.

Employer of Record in Australia

Hiring internationally usually means setting up a local legal entity. But that’s an expensive process that can take months to complete.

Engaging talent through an Employer of Record (EoR) can save your business time and money, and ensure compliance with local and international labour laws and tax regulations.

Learn everything you need to know about hiring workers through an EoR in Australia with our complete guide.

Employment contracts in Australia

Every country has its own rules, norms and expectations when it comes to employment contracts. And you need to know what they look like if you want to avoid legal trouble. Learn how to draw up compliant contracts in Australia with our full guide.

We’ll cover:

Contract terms
Fixed-term contracts and extensions
Working hours and overtime
Contract terms

Payroll and benefits in Australia

Every country handles employee compensation differently. As an employer, you need to be clued up on the minimum wage, statutory benefits and more, so you can treat your workers fairly and avoid putting your business at risk.

And that’s not all: you also need an understanding of the norms and customs that shape employee expectations around pay in Australia. These might not be legal requirements, but they’re still important to your workers.

Read our guide to find out what you need to know about payroll and benefits in Australia.

Leaves and time off in Australia

As an employer, you need to understand your employees’ rights when it comes to paid time off. Read on for our guide to leave entitlements in Australia, including paid holidays, maternity and parental leave, public holidays and more.

Employee protections in Australia

Hiring abroad comes with a lot of risk — and ignorance of the rules is no excuse. Protect your business (and your employees) by finding out what you can and can’t do as an employer in Australia.

We’ll cover:

Whistleblower protections
Data privacy
Equal treatment for temporary agency workers
Anti-discrimination laws
Pay equity legislation

End of employment in Australia

Every working relationship comes to an end — and it’s important to understand what that will look like before it happens. Read our guide to find out what you need to know before you part ways with a worker in Australia.

We’ll talk about:

Notice periods
Rules about termination
Transfers of undertaking
Contract terms

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