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Conditions of Employment 

Starting or buying and then maintaining a business and employing staff can be a complex process. People looking to buy into an existing business or considering starting a new one need to be aware of all the rules and regulations that may apply. Their workers also need to know their basic workplace rights and entitlements such as:

  • Contacting the Fair Work Infoline on 13 13 94 or visiting Fair Work Online [Fair Work Ombudsman] to establish what award and employment conditions apply to any employees under the national system.
  • All employees must be issued with pay slips NOTE: there is new information about employer superannuation contributions which must be recorded.
  • An employer must keep correct Time and Wage records and Leave records.
  • Making available the applicable Award or Enterprise Agreement in the workplace so all employees can access.
  • Paying wages in full. An employer is not allowed to deduct any money from an employee's pay unless the employee has agreed in writing or it is required under the law.
  • Complying with the regulations defined under the Anti-Discrimination Act and the Occupational Health and Safety Act.

Also see

Recruitment and termination

Managing employees



Workplace flexibility

Pay equity


Running a business in NSW

These organisations are a good starting point for more information:

  • offers simple and convenient access to all the government information, forms and services. It's a whole-of-government service providing essential information on planning, starting and growing a business
  • NSW Trade and Investment can help guide business owners through key issues such as managing and growing the business and frequently asked questions
  • NSW Fair Trading can help with business licensing & registrations, incorporations, establishment of co-operatives, product safety, trade measurement, dispute resolution and fair trading laws.
  • Employer associations which represent the industrial (and sometimes the commercial and trade) interests of their members. Employer associations' membership generally consist of employers who operate in the same or related industries. These associations represent the industrial (and sometimes the commercial or trade) interests of their member companies and organisations.