Getting paid

It is 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, 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 superannuation your employer has paid into your superannuation fund
  • Any money taken out for tax

On your pay slip you will see gross pay and net pay amounts. Gross pay is the amount you are paid before there are 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 the amount you will get in your bank account.

Check your pay slip

It's important to check your pay slip to make sure you're being paid the correct amount. If you do not 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: Minimum wages.

If you don't think you are getting the right pay or conditions, have a look at our steps to solve pay issues.

Case study: Marcia asks for holiday pay

Marcia was working as a part-time waitress in a restaurant. She only worked Thursday to Saturday nights because they were the busiest. According to her pay slip she worked 11 hours a week and got paid $25 per hour. Tax was taken out of her pay each week.

Marcia really liked the work and her boss was happy with her but near the end of the first year she got a bit of a shock. She told her boss she'd like to take her annual leave. He said she could have the leave but she wasn't entitled to get paid for it because she wasn't working full time.

Marcia accepted the word of her boss and continued working because she couldn't afford a holiday. Then, a few weeks later a friend of hers, also a waitress, told Marcia that she got paid leave in her part-time job. Marcia complained to her boss who said he'd check it out and, sure enough, it turned out that Marcia was right.

Her boss apologised because he'd mistakenly thought part-time workers were like casual workers who didn't receive paid holiday leave. Marcia then took the paid leave she was owed.


If you are earning income you will probably pay tax. Take a look at our page Your first tax return to understand how income tax works and how to do your 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 earn at least $450 a month (before tax)
  • You are under 18, work at least 30 hours a week and earn at least $450 a month (before tax)

See how super works for more details.

Work out how much super you should be paid.

Employer contributions calculator

You can make extra super payments yourself if you want to save more money for your retirement.

Budgeting your money

When you start working, there will be a number of expenses involved with having a job. You may need to buy new clothes, pay for transport or buy new tools or equipment.

These costs can quickly add up, so make sure you are prepared and make a budget to help you manage your money.

Consider work costs and adjust your budget so you can factor them into your spending.

Budget planner

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Last updated: 09 Aug 2017