Employment Resources

The Fair Work Ombudsman help employers and employees understand their rights and responsibilities under Australian workplace laws.

Please refer to Fair Work Ombudsman website for up-to-date information and advice about Australia's workplace rights and rules that includes;

Awards and agreements

Minimum conditions at work can come from registered agreements, awards or legislation.

When a business has a registered agreement in place and it covers the work that the employee does, then the minimum pay and conditions in the agreement will apply.

If there’s no registered agreement that applies and an award covers the employer and the work the employee does, then the minimum pay and conditions in the award will apply.

There are more than 100 industry and occupation awards that cover most people working in Australia. This means many employees who aren’t covered by an agreement will most likely be covered by an award.

Where no award or agreement applies, the minimum pay and conditions in the legislation will apply.

Employee entitlements

There are rules about what employees get at work, such as what hours they work and how often they have to have a break. These rules can be set out in different places such as an award, registered agreement or an employment contract.

An employee's minimum entitlements are set out in the National Employment Standards (NES) and awards. A registered agreement or employment contract can provide for other entitlements but they can't be less than what's in the NES or the award that applies.


Employees have to be paid the right pay rate for all time worked, including time spent:

  • training
  • in team meetings
  • opening and closing the business
  • working unreasonable trial shifts.