Pay and your rights at work
If you’re school-aged (under 16) there are laws to protect you from working in jobs that could be a risk to your health, safety or welfare. They also limit your hours of work so it doesn’t impact your studies.
The Australian Fair Work Ombudsman provides resources to help you make sure you're being paid correctly.
An employee's minimum pay rate can come from an award, registered agreement or the national minimum wage. Employees have to be paid the right pay rate for all hours they work, including time spent training, in team meetings, opening and closing the business, and doing a trial shift.
- Learn about pay obligations, including minimum wages, pay slip and record-keeping requirements and the rules regarding unpaid work
- Apprentice and trainee pay information
- Rules for student placement and unpaid work
- Guide for young workers and students
If you think you’ve lost your job unfairly you may be able to make an application for unfair dismissal. If successful, your employer could be penalised, told to pay you compensation and/or told to give you your job back.
In most cases, you must make your application within 14 days of losing your job.
Harassment and bullying
Workplace harassment (sometimes called workplace bullying) is unacceptable and there are things you can do to prevent it from happening in your workplace. You can also report workplace harassment if it's happening to you.
Where to get help
The Fair Work Ombudsman provides workers with free and confidential advice about working conditions, pay, unfair dismissal, superannuation, discrimination, workplace bullying and sexual harassment.
To speak with an Infoline adviser call 13 13 94 from 8am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday (except for public holidays).
Before you call, please complete their Before you call checklist. This information will enable them to provide you with the most accurate advice.
If you do not have this information when you call, they may ask you to find it out and call them back.