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Hire Employees in Australia

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Key Facts


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Timezone GMT +8 (West Coast, Perth) to GMT +11 (East Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane), subject to daylight savings in some states
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD)
Capital city Canberra
Official language English
Ease of doing business Very friendly to business (#14 out of 190)
Minimum wage AUD 21.38
Estimated employer cost 15.85% – 16.95% (varies per state)
Employer retirement contribution: Superannuation Superannuation – 10.5% of ordinary earnings, including base wages and salaries, overtime, commissions and bonuses. An employer is obliged to contribute to an employee’s “Superannuation Fund”, the mandatory Australian pension and retirement savings scheme. The employer contribution rate is legislated to rise 0.5% each year until it reaches 12%.


About Australia

Australia is a developed nation with the world’s 14th largest economy (by GDP) and a population of 26 million people. The OECD ranks Australian education amongst the highest in the world, with high rates of University graduates. Australia has comprehensive employment regulations covering terms of employment, work conditions and minimum wages by industry.


Employment in Australia

Working Hours
  • The standard full-time working week is 38 hours, however 40 hours is typical for salaried professionals. Variations are common, but must be agreed in writing.
  • An employer can request that an employee works reasonable overtime. For salaried workers, overtime is commonly factored into the salary package, and no additional payments are required for any additional hours worked. However, certain roles require the employee to submit and track time and attendance (eg salaried hospitality workers).
Probationary Period
  • Employers determine the length of probation, which varies depending on the nature of the business and the role. Three or six-month probationary periods are common. Termination processes during probation are still subject to certain constraints.
Payroll Cycle
  • There are no legal requirements to when an employee needs to be paid but employees are typically paid fortnightly or monthly.


Main Types of Leave in Australia


Annual Leave

4 weeks paid annual holiday leave is standard for most employees. Unused leave accrues and is paid out upon termination.

Sick Leave

10 days per year. Referred to as “Personal/Carers Leave” this may also be taken to cover employees who have to look after family members who are ill or in case of emergencies.

Unused Sick leave accrues over the employee’s tenure, however it is not paid out upon termination.

Parental Leave

Parental leave includes maternity and paternity leave, as well as leave for when a child is adopted. To be eligible, an employee must have completed at least 12 months of employment.

Parental leave is an unpaid leave that lasts for 12 months, and it is possible to request an additional 12 months from the employer.

Other Leave

Bereavement Leave – 2 days paid leave for each instance that meets the criteria.
Family & domestic violence leave – 5 days unpaid leave each year

Long Service Leave – 2 months’ long service leave after working for the same employer for a continuous period of 10 years. Long service leave entitlements vary by state.

Community Leave – Employees are entitled to community service leave for activities such as voluntary emergency management activities or jury duty. The leave entitlement depends on the type of leave.

Employment Termination

Notice Period

Notice periods are typically set between 2 – 4 weeks but may be up to 3 months. Within probationary periods, notice periods are normally not required, or reduced to one week.



A valid reason is required to dismiss an employee; there are four main categories which include: incapacity to meet the inherent requirements of the role; unacceptable performance, misconduct and redundancy.

  • Incapacity to meet the inherent requirements of the role
  • Unacceptable performance
  • Misconduct
  • Redundancy

An employer must provide written notice, and undertake a consultation or investigation process, before terminating an employee’s employment. The amount of notice depends on what is stipulated in the employment agreement, the age of the employee and how long they have been employed on a continuous basis by the employer. Notice can either be worked or paid out to the employee.



Employees who are made redundant are entitled to severance pay based on their ordinary wages. The amount is based on their continuous period of service with their employer:

  • 1 year service – 4 weeks
  • 2 years service – 6 weeks
  • 3 years service – 7 weeks
  • 4 years service – 8 weeks
  • 5 to 10 years service – 10 to 16 weeks.


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Hiring Process in Australia

Hiring an employee in Australia is no easy task. Especially, if you are overseas, and lack the knowledge of employment law and regulations relating to international HR compliance, payroll, benefits and taxes.

Employment Hero started in Australia and we fully understand all the ins and outs of hiring in the local market, so we can help you throughout the step-by-step process.

AU Employment Law

Australia has laws that help keep workplaces fair. You should be aware of the rules and what your employer's rights and responsibilities are. Under Australian employment law, employers and employees both have rights and responsibilities. Do you know your responsibilities?

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