Currency: Australian dollar (Rate)
Public Holidays: Up to 7 national holidays (and additional state and territory public holidays; see here)
Employer Taxes: 9.5% of gross salary
Official Language: English
Payroll frequency: weekly, bi-monthly, monthly
Notice period is determined by the length of employment:
5 years: Four weeks
If the employee is over 45 and has been employed for at least two years, they are entitled to an additional week of notice.
Employees should check their award or employment contract for the notice period set out for resignations.
Employers can offer termination pay in lieu of a notice of termination. This is paid at the employee's full pay rate as if they had worked the minimum notice period.
Employees made redundant are entitled to redundancy pay, which is paid at their base — not full — salary level (this excludes incentive-based payment and bonuses, or overtime and penalty rates).
Employers are not obligated to offer a reason for terminating employees:
19.49 AUD per hour
The enforcement of non-compete clauses can depend on whether consideration for such an agreement was given to an employee.
If the agreement was part of the employee’s original offer of employment, it can be seen as part of the exchange for the employer’s promise to employ the individual. If it was introduced afterwards, it can be linked to a bonus or salary increase.