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Working Conditions in Australia

Workplace rights

Employment contracts

When starting work, you should be given a contract of employment to sign. Employment contracts should include:

  • salary and details of payment as well as any bonus scheme
  • working hours and conditions
  • periods of notice required to be given.

For more information on working conditions in Australia, including pay and awards and conditions of employment, see the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Leave entitlements

Under the National Employment Standards all permanent employees are entitled to:

  • four weeks paid leave per year
  • 10 days paid personal/carer's leave per year
  • up to 12 months of unpaid parental leave (including maternity, paternity and adoption leave).

Find out more about your leave entitlements on the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

Workplace health and safety

All Australian workers have the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace in Australia free from bullying, harassment and discrimination. WorkSafe Victoria is the manager of Victoria's workplace safety system and is responsible for:

  • helping to avoid workplace injuries from occurring
  • enforcing Victoria's occupational health and safety laws
  • providing reasonably priced insurance for employers
  • helping injured workers back into the workforce
  • managing the workers' compensation scheme.

Workplace culture

The following video provides information about the Australian way of life and how people interact in the workplace in Australia.

Download the transcript for the Workplace Culture video (DOC, 29 KB) 

These links provide information about workplace culture and Australian culture in general. 

Further information

  • Australian Taxation Office (ATO)
    Provides all the official information about tax and super for individuals and businesses
  • MoneyManager
    An online magazine with factsheets about tax
  • Taxation Institute of Australia
    Provides a search for tax professionals by specialisation and location
  • Fair Work Ombudsman
    Salary, employment, government assistance, jobs, careers, training and working conditions
  • WorkSafe Victoria
    Information, forms and contacts about all aspects of safety, legislation, injury and compensation in the workplace.