Understanding employment contract information

Employment contracts can be hard to understand which is why we have broken down what a usual employment contract for international students can look like.

What is an employment contract?
An employment contract:

  • Is an agreement between you and your employer that sets out the terms and conditions of your employment.
  • Helps set out aspects of your employment such as pay, expectations of your role and entitlements such as leave.
  • Cannot provide for less than the minimum legal entitlements set out in the National Employment Standards (NES) and the relevant award or agreement your industry may be entitled to.

What does entitlements mean?
Entitlements can be found here in the National Employment Standards and Awards and Agreements.

What is a Workplace Agreement?
A Workplace or Enterprise Agreement set out the shared rights and responsibilities that are agreed to by an employer and a group of employees.

For more information about Workplace Agreements, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

What is an Award?
Awards set out employment conditions for certain industries that apply on top of the minimum conditions set out in the National Employment Standards (NES).

For more information about awards, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

What is an independent contractor?

An independent contractor is self-employed and provides their services to other businesses by way of a contract.

For more information about independent contractors, visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

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