Employing staff and apprentices

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Last updated on December 10, 2019

Before you employ someone, think carefully about a few things: the sort of position you’re offering, the entitlements and wages attached to it and the paperwork you’ll need to do.

Type of employee

There are six main types of employment options, full time, part time, fixed term, apprentices and trainees and subcontractors. Each has advantages and disadvantages.

Legal obligation

Before hiring staff, get to know your legal obligations. These include employee’s rights under anti-discrimination laws, record keeping requirements, paying the correct wages and workplace health and safety obligations.

The ‘Taking on an employee checklist’ goes through the requirements you need to consider and provides links to relevant information.

Apprentices and Trainees

Employing an apprentices or trainee can bring real benefits to your business. You can fill skills gaps and teaching someone else often leads to re-evaluating your own processes, which can increase efficiency and productivity of your business.

Whilst there are incentives available to employers who take on an apprentice or trainee, there are also obligations you need to be aware of. Writing up a training contract and training plan are two examples.

The Skills Tasmania website has lots of information about apprenticeships and traineeships in Tasmania. It is quite large, so here are a few quick links:

Employing an apprentice or trainee

Funding programs for employers and industry

The Apprenticeship Network Providers is a free service and should be your first point of contact if you want advice about recruiting an apprentice or trainee. They can help with completing and lodging training contracts and determining eligibility for Australian Government incentives.

Small Business Superannuation Support

The Australian Government's Small Business Superannuation Clearing House lets you pay your superannuation contributions in one transaction to a single location. This free service reduces the time and paperwork involved in making multiple payments to different superannuation funds.

Payroll tax

From 1 July 2008, any employer who pays wages to employees in Tasmania is liable for payroll tax in Tasmania where:

  • their total wages paid in Australia are greater than $1.25 million per annum
  • they are a member of a group with total Australian wages exceeding $1.25 million per annum

The State Revenue Office in Tasmania provides detailed information about this.

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