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Before starting work 

If you are looking for a job or just about to start working in your new role, there are some important things you will need to do:  

  1. Open a bank account.  
  2. Apply for a Tax File Number (TFN). 
  3. Calculate your minimum wage using the PACT calculator.  
  4. Download the Record My Hours app to keep a record of your hours in case there is an issue with your pay.  
  5. Tell your manager that you can only work 48 hours every two weeks during term time, but unlimited hours during term breaks. 
  6. Understand your work rights and responsibilities

Understanding your employment contract 

Before you begin work, your employer will give you a formal contract to look over and sign.  

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. It helps set out aspects of your employment such as pay, expectations of your role and entitlements such as leave. 

What is a Workplace Agreement? 

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

What does entitlements mean? 

Entitlements are what you are owed as an employee. The National Employment Standards (NES) outlines 11 minimum employment entitlements that have to be provided to all employees. 

What is an Award? 

Awards set out employment conditions for the different industries. These apply on top of the minimum conditions set out in the National Employment Standards (NES).