Overview

Capital
Canberra
Currency
Australian Dollar

Taxes

Employer

Employer Payroll Tax

5.45%
Payroll Tax
Up To 12%
Medicare
9.5%
Superannuation
26.95% Total Employment Cost
Employee

Employee Payroll Taxes

0%
Income up to AUD 18,200
19%
AUD 18,200 - 37,000
32.5%%
AUD 37,000 - AUD 90,000
37%
AUD 90,000 - AUD 180,00
45%
AUD 180,000 and over
Employer Taxes
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Brazil
Uruguay
Czech Republic
New South Wales
Chile
Myanmar
South Africa
66.17%
34.12%
34%
26.9%
3.35%
3%
2%

Minimum Wage

General

The hourly minimum wage in  New South Wales is 19.49 AUD or 740.80 AUD per week.

The national minimum wage is $19.49 per hour.

Minimum wage (per month)
$2391
$2025
$1996
$1996
$49.14
$47
$41
Luxembourg
Victoria
New South Wales
New South Wales
Jamaica
Malawi
Ghana
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST

Payroll

Payroll Cycle

There are no legal requirements to when an employee needs to be paid by, however, it is common to pay employees by the following schedule:

  • Monthly – by the 28th to the 30th of the month
  • Bi-weekly – every second week on any agreed day (usually Wednesday or Thursday)

Bi-monthly – Every 15th and 30th

Working Hours

General

A full work week in NSW is 38 hours a week, or 8 hours a day. 

Overtime

In general, overtime is paid at a rate of 150% of the regular pay for weekdays and 250% for weekends and holidays. 

Payroll Contributions

Pension Fund

Mandatory occupation pension (Superannuation) is comprised of funds from the employer and government.
• Employer – 9.5% of employees earning
• Government – depends on employees’ annual income.

Leave

Vacation days
Public holidays
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Myanmar
Austria
Brazil
New South Wales
Trinidad & Tobago
Shanghai
Federal
30
16
46
30
13
43
30
13
43
20
11
31
13
13
11
11
10
10
Public Holidays

New South Wales has 11 public holidays. 

Maternity Leave

Mothers are entitled to 12 months unpaid maternity leave after working for 12 months with the same employer. Some employers provide paid maternity leave.

In addition, employees can apply to the Federal Government scheme which provides payment for 18 weeks of maternity leave.

Maternity leave (days)
410
365
365
364
50
45
0
Bulgaria
Montenegro
Serbia
New South Wales
Qatar
United Arab Emirates
Federal
3 HIGHEST
3 LOWEST
Paternity Leave

Fathers are entitled to 5 days unpaid leave at the time of the birth or adoption of a child.

Employees can also apply to the Federal Government scheme for additional leave.

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

Work Related Injury Leave: In New South Wales, the State Insurance Regulatory Authority (SIRA) is the body responsible for regulating workers compensation. 

Every employer must have workers compensation insurance, and the employer must notify them with any work injuries within 48 hours of the incident. 

If the employee is absent for more than 7 days, they must choose a preferred doctor for treatment (usually the family doctor). 

A certificate of capacity must be filled out by the doctor (instead of  a medical certificate) with recommendations of what the employee needs in order to recover.  This must be signed by the employee so that it may be shared with the employer. 

An employer may not dismiss an employee within 6 months of them being in a work accident. 

Termination

Termination Process

In New South Wales, the employer must have a valid and just reason for terminating an employee and is required to give the employee written notice.  

Employees dismissed in the first 6 months of employment (or 12 months of employment in small business) cannot make a claim of “unfair dismissal” to the Fair Work Commission. However, there are some exceptions to this known as General Protections matters where there is no minimum engagement period applying.

Unfair Dismissals applications are heard in the Fair Work Commission – a specialist employment tribunal.

Notice Period

In NSW, notice period is determined by the amount of time the employee has been employed:

Length of employment

Notice Period

  

Less than 1 year

1 week

1-3 years

2 weeks

3-5 years

3 weeks

5+ years

4 weeks

If the employee is over the age of 45 years and have been employed for at least 2 years, they are entitled to an additional week of notice.

Severance Pay

Payment is given based on continuous period of service, and pay rate is given for ordinary hours worked.
At least 1 year but less than 2 years 4 weeks
At least 2 years but less than 3 years 6 weeks
At least 3 years but less than 4 years 7 weeks
At least 4 years but less than 5 years 8 weeks
At least 5 years but less than 6 years 10 weeks
At least 6 years but less than 7 years 11 weeks
At least 7 years but less than 8 years 13 weeks
At least 8 years but less than 9 years 14 weeks
At least 9 years but less than 10 years 16 weeks
At least 10 years 12 weeks*

VAT

General

Goods and Service Tax (GST) is 10%.

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