Are you uncertain whether you're meeting all your obligations as a small business employer? The easiest way to find out is to check for yourself.
Self-auditing your business has many benefits, and reduces the likelihood of any costly mistakes or disputes in the future.
Our interactive small business checklist will give you an indication of how you’re tracking, and help you identify areas for improvement.
Small business checklist
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1. Awards, agreements and the National Employment Standards
2. Pay and conditions
3. Record-keeping and pay slips
Do you include the following details on your employee's pay slip:
Do you include these details on the employee's records? Note: you can keep manual and/or electronic records.
4. Ending employment
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Awards, agreements and the National Employment Standards
The terms and conditions in the NES are the safety net for a majority of workers in Australia. It’s important that you understand where your employees’ minimum entitlements come from (minimum wage, award or enterprise agreement) and what you need to do to meet your obligations.
To find out more you can use:
- Our Find My Award tool will help you find which award (or awards) apply to your business.
- Our Introduction to the National Employment Standards fact sheet will teach you about the minimum standards of employment in Australia, and how they apply to your business.
- Our Casual, part-time and full-time employees page sets out the different types of employment.
- Our List of awards page lets you browse the list of industry and occupation awards and quickly access the one that applies to you.
- Our Awards and agreements page explains how our modern awards and agreements work together to set minimum conditions for Australia workers.
- Our Fair Work Information Statement page lets you download the Statement and explains how you must provide it to your employees on their first day.
- Our Casual Employment Information Statement page lets you download the Statement and explains how you must provide it to your casual employees on their first day.
Pay and conditions
Remember, it's important employees get the right pay rate for the type of work they do. The following resources will help you learn more about minimum pay and conditions:
- Use our Pay calculator to work out pay rates, penalties and allowances.
- Our Find my award tool will help you find which award (or awards) apply to your business.
- Our Pay page provides information about minimum wages, penalty rates and allowances, making deductions, how to record these payments and more.
- Our Becoming a permanent employee page sets out the process for a casual employee to request conversion to full-time or part-time employment.
Record-keeping and pay slips
Remember, it’s important that employers get record-keeping and pay slips right. The following resource/s will help you learn more about record-keeping and pay slips:
- The Record-keeping and pay slips course in our Online Learning Centre will teach you more about your obligation to keep accurate records, and how you can easily keep your business records up to date.
- You can download our Templates to help you on a wide range of topics including payslips and record-keeping, employing staff, hours of work, balancing work and family, managing performance and ending employment.
- Our Record-keeping and pay slips fact sheet explains what records and information you need to keep (and the consequences for not doing so).
- Our Pay slips and record-keeping page gives you easy access to all our resources on pay slips and record-keeping, so you can find everything you need in one place.
It’s important to know the rules around termination and redundancy. The following resource/s below will help you learn more about ending employment:
- Our Notice and Redundancy calculator calculates entitlements when employment ends, including notice to be given and redundancy pay.
- The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code provides protection for small businesses (with less than 15 employees) against unfair dismissal claims, as long as an employer follows the code.
- Our page on Ending Employment provides information on notice and final pay, redundancy, bankruptcy and liquidation as well as unfair dismissal.