The complete guide is available at www.fairwork.gov.au/newjob, but we’ve published the main points below and also provided a list of other resources available for workers at the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website.
Your first day
You’ll need to remember a lot of new things on your first day. If you’re not sure, ask questions.
- Confirm the address of your workplace, who you need to report to, what time you’re expected to start and what hours you’ll work.
- Be aware of what your main duties are and if a dress code applies.
- Figure out how you’ll get to work and how long it will take.
- Ask if there is a kitchen or meals area to prepare or buy food.
- Complete any required paperwork, including forms about taxation and superannuation.
- Provide your employer with your bank account details.
- Find out what policies apply in your new workplace, for example what procedures apply when taking sick leave.
How to get the most out of your job
There are a number of skills that can help you succeed in a new job.
- Be flexible, positive, trustworthy and a team player.
- Communicate clearly with your colleagues.
- Work on your problem solving, planning and organisational skills.
- Work collaboratively with your team and independently when required.
- Show initiative and a commitment to learning and developing new skills.
Resolving workplace issues
Issues can arise even in the best workplaces, and you’ll need to figure out how to resolve them when they arise.
- Don’t put off having a difficult conversation, it’s important to deal with issues before they get worse.
- Speak with your employer about the issue.
- Be prepared to take a flexible and practical approach to resolving the issue.
Free tools and resources on the Fair Work Ombudsman’s website include:
- An online learning centre that has interactive courses to teach businesses and workers skills and strategies to help them at work.
- Fact sheets about the minimum rights and obligations of businesses and workers, including information on the National Employment Standards, record-keeping and pay slips.
- Best practice guides to help small to medium-sized businesses with implementing best practice workplace policies and procedures.
- Templates that simplify the work in keeping employment records.
There are also calculators to help work out modern award pay rates, understand annual and personal leave entitlements, calculate payment based on hours entered into a shift calculator, and work out entitlements when ending employment. My Account allows you to save tailored information such as pay rates and conditions of employment specific to your circumstances. You can log into My Account and view your saved information at any time. You can also submit an inquiry online and read our response to your inquiry.
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