Australia – Victoria

Employment

The employment contract can be either verbal or written as long as it is in accordance with the National Employment Standards.

Payroll

Salaries are distributed on a monthly basis for work between the first and last day of the month. Payday varies depending on the company and is decided upon hiring, but is most commonly on the 28th of the month.

HR & Labor

Working hours: Full time employment is 38 hours a week. Overtime on regular workdays receives compensation of 150% of regular wages and 200% of regular wages on Sunday. Employees can request time off in lieu of overtime payment. Minimum Age: No specified age.
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Minimum Age: Employees can start working at the age of 15. If under age 15, the employee may only work at a family business or entertainment industry.

Immigration

To work legally in Australia, the employee must obtain 457 visa. Employees must have an employment and an agreement with the employer before entering Australia.

Minimum Wage

Minimum wage is A$ 16.87.

Public Holidays

September 25: Family & Community Day
October 02: Labour Day
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

January 01: New Year's Day
January 26: Australia Day
March 12: Canberra Day
March 30: Good Friday
March 31: Easter Saturday
April 01: Easter Sunday
April 02: Easter Monday
April 25: Anzac Day
June 11: Queens Birthday
October 01: Labour Day
October 08: Family and Community
December 25: Christmas Day
December 26: Boxing Day

Pension Fund

Employer contributes 9.5% of the employee wages into the pension fund every three months.

Severance Payments

No official severance payments.

Advance Notice

Employees are required to give the same amount of notice to the employer as the employer is required for termination procedure.

Termination Procedure

If the employee has been in the company for less than a year, one weeks of notice is required by the employer. Over 5 years in the company requires 4 weeks of notice. Additionally, written notice must be given on the day of termination and a payment can be made in lieu of notice.

Sick Days

Employees are entitled to 10 leave days yearly and is accumulated by number of hours worked.

Sick and carer's leave (also known as personal leave or personal / carer's leave) lets an employee take time off to help them deal with personal illness, caring responsibilities and family emergencies. Sick leave can be used when an employee is ill or injured.

An employee may have to take time off to care for an immediate family or household member who is sick or injured or help during a family emergency. This is known as carer's leave but it comes out of the employee's personal leave balance.

**An immediate family member is a: spouse or former spouse, de facto partner or former de facto partner, child, parent, grandparent, grandchild, sibling, and immediate family members of spouse or former spouse.

Vacation Days

Employee is entitled to 4 weeks of vacation.

Maternity Leave

Eligible employees who are the primary carer of a newborn or adopted child get up to 18 weeks' leave paid at the national minimum wage.
These payments are made to the employer first, who then pays them to the employee. These payments can be paid before, after or at the same time as other entitlements such as annual leave and long service leave.

Paternity Leave

Eligible working dads and partners (including same-sex partners) get 2 weeks leave paid at the national minimum wage. These payments are made directly to the employee from the Australian Government

Expat Benefits

Expats are entitled to benefits called “Living Away From Home Allowance” which includes recovery of domestic expenses, other costs as part of salary at a tax free rate and tax reduction on holidays with family. However, to be eligible, the expat must be relocated to Australia for a specified amount of time with intent to move back to their home country afterward. Additionally, their house in their home country must remain available and not rented during the time in Australia.

Additional Employee Withholdings

If an employee makes $47,916 per month, they must contribute 4.85% of their salaries.

VAT / GST

GST is 10%.