Employment in Australia

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Workplace Agreements: Australia workplace agreements are individual negotiated agreements between an employer and an employee. They must be signed by the employee and must be approved by the Office of Employment Advocate.

Informal Agreements: Informal agreements between an employer and employee may be written or verbal. This type of agreement is not normally registered or approved by any authority, but must be at least equivalent to the minimum conditions under federal award.

Annual Leave: The amount of paid holiday is 4 week per annum. Some awards allow for an extra's week leave if a certain number of Sundays have been worked during the year. Casual and Contract employees are not entitled to holiday pay.

Annual Leave Loading: Annual leave loading was initially introduced to ensure employees were not at a financial disadvantage when they took annual leave. It was pointed out those employees received more than their normal award rate of pay each week (shift allowance, penalties and overtime). Since the end of 1974, a leave loading of 17.5% on ordinary rates of pay is recognised as a standard feature of state and federal awards however some awards provide a higher payment.

Annual leave loading is not payable on annual leave taken in advance. After 6 months of employment you would have accrued 2 weeks annual leave, and you may be allowed to take it. Any leave taken before your one-year anniversary would be deemed as leave taken in advance. Annual leave loading would need not be paid in these circumstances, however it would be paid on your one-year anniversary.

Long Service Leave: In 1955 the NSW government passed the Long Service Leave Act that gave three calendar months leave to employees after 15 years of service, all other states followed with similar legislation. Long service Leave was designed to provide employees with the opportunity to take an extended break from work in recognition of the length of service with one employer.

Not all awards include Long Service Leave, in these cases State legislation applies. Entitlements differ between states as follows:

Federal Award: 15 years service - 13 weeks leave. Subsequent leave of 2 months after a further 10 years.

NSW: 10 years service - 2 months leave. Subsequent leave of 1 month after 5 years.

Victoria: 15 years service - 13 weeks. Subsequent leave of 1 month after 5 years.

Queensland: 15 years service - 13 weeks. Subsequent leave of 13 weeks after 15 years.

South Australia: 10 years service - 13 weeks. Subsequent leave of 13 weeks after 10 years.

Western Australia: 15 years service - 13 weeks. Subsequent leave of 2 months after 10 years.

Tasmania: 15 years service - 13 weeks. Subsequent leave of 2 months after 10 years.

NT: 10 years service - 15 weeks. Subsequent leave of 6 and half weeks after 5 years.

ACT: 10 years service - 2 months. Subsequent leave 1 month after 5 years.

Unused long service leave would be payable to employees on termination of employment. Once again qualifying periods differ, NSW, Vic, QLD and WA is 10 years. SA, Tas, NT and ACT is 7 years. Long Service Leave is paid on the ordinary rate of pay only.

All employees are entitled to this, even casual staff.

Sick Leave: In the mid 1970's the entitlement of holidays changed to increase after the first year of employment. The federal standard is 40 hours in the first year and 64 hours for each subsequent year. Awards vary, so you need to check your relevant award.

Casual Employees: Casual employees receive an additional loading on top of their ordinary rate. This is usually something like 20%, but will differ between awards.