Hiring and keeping the right people can play a big role in the success of your business. Managing people, providing skills and training, the right pay and conditions, and having a safe workplace are also equally important.

In this topic you'll find information about:

Things to consider before you hire someone

Before you hire someone, there are a few things you need to work out, including:

  • the type of position/s you’re offering
  • the entitlements, including wages, that you’ll need to pay your employee/s
  • any paperwork you need to complete.

Employment type

When looking at the position/s you’re hiring someone for, it’s important to consider which employment type you need. Each type of employment can mean a different set of responsibilities for you and the person you employ.

Depending on your requirements for the role, you might consider employing a:

  • permanent (full-time or part-time) employee
  • casual employee
  • trainee or apprentice
  • temporary employee (possibly through an employment agency)
  • contractor (working for a fixed term and who have their own business).

Find out more about the different types of employment.

When your worker starts

When you take on an employee, there are many different government responsibilities you’ll need to meet, including your obligations for tax and super.

It’s also a good idea to consider induction training for your new employees.

Tax file number (TFN) declaration

New employees need to complete a tax file number (TFN) declaration form. The information they provide in the form will help you to work out how much tax you need to take out of their pay.

You need to:

Skills and training

Having the right skills and training for you and your employees will help keep your business competitive. You will need to identify what skillsets your business needs and what training your staff need to do their job.

You and your employees can explore a range of training options, including formal courses, apprenticeships and traineeships, mentoring and workshops. Or you can find skills funding and programmes to help develop the skills of you and your employees.

You can also find a range of training options to explore on our training page.

Wages, conditions and entitlements

What you pay your employees and the conditions you provide are one of the first things a potential employee will consider about a job. You also need to understand the entitlements for workers and how they apply to full-time or casual staff.

You can find out more about the national workplace relations system on the Fair Work Commission website. You can also read about the 10 minimum entitlements for employees in our page on pay and conditions.

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Workplace issues

Creating a safe work environment is a legal requirement and critical to the long term success of your business. Knowing and understanding Workplace Health and Safety (WHS) laws and how they apply to business will help you avoid unnecessary costs and damage to your business caused by workplace injury and illness.

The WHS requirements and legislations you are required to meet as a business will depend on the state or territory you are in. Find the WHS/OH&S authority in your state or territory, including the acts, regulators and codes of practice.

It's important to note that while Safe Work Australia leads the development of national policy to improve work health and safety and workers’ compensation arrangements across Australia, it does not regulate or enforce WHS legislation. It can however, provide education, training and advice on work health and safety and how to incorporate safety management into your business operations.

You can find out more about the risks that may impact the health, safety or welfare of those in your workplace in our section on workplace health and safety.

Independent contractors

Independent contractors differ employees in that they negotiate their own fees and working arrangements and can work for a variety of clients at once. As such, the entitlements and rights of an independent contractor vary as well.

The independent contractor decision tool will help you determine whether someone is an employee or independent contractor. Our section on independent contractors will also help you to minimise business risks and negotiate good contracts, as well as prevent and manage disputes.

Find out more

  • Finding a supplier is a vital step if you are selling products. Our section on suppliers will help you find the right suppliers for your business.
  • Find out what your obligations are for paying superannuation for your employees.
  • Check out our list of government-funded programmes to help develop your skills or the skills of your employees.

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