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You cannot be dismissed because of things like your race, sex, age, physical or mental disability, sexual preference
Last week we looked at some of your rights and obligations under the Fair Work Act 2009 as an employee in Australia. This week we'll look at getting paid, your superannuation and dismissal.
So let's start with everyone's favourite aspect of work - pay day. Here are a few considerations to be aware of when, finally, your first pay day rolls around:
Make sure you also get paid for training and other things inside and outside the workplace like:
Superannuation will be a whole new ballgame if you've never worked but are over 18 years of age. It comes into play when you earn $450 or more (before tax) in a calendar month and is paid by your employer to a superannuation fund of your choice, on top of your wage. If you're under 18, but work more than 30 hours a week, you are also entitled to superannuation so keep track of your hours.
Concerning dismissal. Remember to take all warnings from your employer seriously. If you don't do your job properly, you can be dismissed, however you should be given a warning first (except in the case of serious misconduct). If you are given a warning, remember to ask your employer what you need to do to improve your performance. If your lack of performance is due to bullying or harassment, tell your supervisor so the bully or harasser is dealt with.
You may be dismissed without notice if you have:
You cannot be dismissed because of things like your race, sex, age, physical or mental disability, sexual preference, or for filing a complaint against your employer for breaching a law.
For more information about employment matters contact:
Fair Work Ombudsman
13 13 94
For termination of employment info
Fair Work Commission
1300 799 675
For tax or superannuation info
Australian Tax Office
13 10 20
This is part 2 of a post that was originally published on TAFEnow on 26 July 2013. TAFEnow is an Australia-wide online provider, operating out of North Coast TAFE, one of the 10 TAFE NSW Institutes. Enquiries can be directed to tafenow.com.au.