When you start a new job it's important to find out if you're
getting the right pay and what to do if you have problems at
Here we explain the ins and outs of starting a new job.
Types of employment
When you get a job, make sure you understand whether you're
being hired as a full-time employee, a part-time employee, a casual
employee or an independent contractor, as this can affect your pay
and entitlements. If you're not sure, ask your boss.
The table below sets out some of the differences between these
|Type of employee
- Set hours (e.g. average 38 hours per
- Paid regularly (e.g. each
- Minimum working conditions are set
out in the Fair Work Ombudsman's National
- Must pay income tax.
- Set hours (less than the average 38
hours per week)
- Same entitlements as full-time
employees but on a 'pro-rata' basis.
- Hours may differ from week to
- Paid by the hour (at a higher rate
than part-time or full-time employees, due to no sick or annual
- Can negotiate your own fees and
- Can work for more than one client at
- No compulsory superannuation or
payments for holidays or sick days.
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It's important to make sure you're getting paid the right amount
and you're paying the right amount of tax.
Your pay slip
Every time you get paid, your employer must give you a pay slip.
You could receive it on a piece of paper, or electronically via
email or online.
Your pay slip shows:
- the number of hours you worked
- how much you were paid for each hour of work
- the amount of superannuation your employer has paid into your
- any money taken out for tax.
Your pay slip sets out your gross pay and net pay amounts. Gross
pay is the amount you are paid before any deductions. So, if your
wage is $30,000 per year, that is your gross pay. Your net pay is
the amount you receive after tax. It is how much you will get
in your bank account.
Check your pay slip to make sure you're being paid the correct
amount. If you don't understand the information on your pay slip,
ask your employer.
To find out how much you should be paid (including allowances
and entitlements), visit Fair Work Ombudsman:
If you don't think you are getting the right pay or conditions,
see our steps to solve pay issues.
If you are earning income you will probably pay tax. To
understand how income tax works and how to do your tax return, see
first tax return.
Work out how much tax you should be paying.
Income tax calculator
Superannuation (super) is money that is saved for when you
retire. Your employer usually has to pay a minimum amount into a
super fund for you. This is in addition to your pay.
Super is paid whether you are full-time, part-time or casual.
You should be paid super if you are:
- aged 18 or over and earn at least $450 a month (before tax),
- aged under 18, work at least 30 hours a week and earn at least
$450 a month (before tax).
super works for more details.
Work out how much super you should be paid.
You can make extra super payments yourself if
you want to save more money for your retirement.
Budgeting your money
When you start working, you may have a number of new expenses,
like buying new clothes, paying for transport or getting new tools
or equipment. These costs can quickly add up, so be prepared and make a
budget to help you manage your money.
Adjust your budget to factor work costs into your spending.
Solving pay issues
If you're having any pay issues with your employer, there are
things you can do.
- Check your facts - Check you're being paid the
right amount by visiting Fair Work Ombudsman:
- Talk to your boss - Once you have worked out
how much you should be paid, talk to your boss. Employers sometimes
make mistakes and they can be happy to correct things.
- Complain to the Fair Work Ombudsman - If you
don't feel confident talking with your boss about your pay, or if
you've tried talking but it hasn't worked, you can contact
the Fair Work Ombudsman. They will help you to solve the
problem as quickly as possible.
Last updated: 28 Nov 2018