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Business Tasmania

Employing and managing people

As your business grows, you may need to take on staff to help you. There are six main types of employment options, full time, part time, fixed term, apprentices and trainees and subcontractors. What type of arrangement you undertake needs to be linked to your business plan, growth strategy,  and what is most suitable to help you grow.

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 Hiring Employees checklist help you meet Australian laws when hiring and also includes helpful tips. You will also need to ensure you meet your tax and super obligations.

Fair Work is another fantastic resource, that will help you with things such as:

New paid family and domestic violence leave

Employees will soon be able to access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period. For all of the currently available information, click here.

Some key points:

  • Full-time, part-time and casual employees will be able to access 10 days of paid family and domestic violence leave in a 12-month period. It won’t be pro-rated for part-time or casual employees.
  • The full 10-day leave entitlement will be available upfront. It won’t accumulate from year to year if it’s not used.
  • The leave will be available from:
    • 1 February 2023, for employees of non-small business employers (employers with 15 or more employees on 1 February 2023)
    • 1 August 2023, for employees of small business employers (employers with less than 15 employees on 1 February 2023).
  • From 1 February, employers are prohibited from including certain information on an employee’s pay slip about paid family and domestic violence leave.
  • Employees will continue to be entitled to 5 days of unpaid family and domestic violence leave until they can access the new paid entitlement.
  • The new leave will be independently reviewed after 12 months to consider the impacts on small businesses, sole traders and people experiencing family and domestic violence.


Workforce Australia

Workforce Australia is a government employment service open to all Australian individuals and businesses,

Online Service
A guided vacancy process, with pre-populated skills recommendations and screening questions, will make it simple to advertise jobs. The enhanced job search and matching capabilities helps to find suitable candidates and increases the quality and accuracy of applications businesses receive.

Employment Services Providers
The Workforce Australia providers offer businesses localised and tailored assistance to fill their vacancies. They can assist with the whole recruitment process, from short-listing and pre-screening suitable candidates to helping business access eligible wage subsidies and other financial support.

Workforce Specialists
For business and industry groups needing support with larger recruitment the department will coordinate a package of support including tailored projects delivered by Workforce Specialists.

A dedicated Contact Centre is available for businesses who need assistance using the online service or just general advice on what support is best for them.

Managing staff

Managing people is a key part of growing your business, and there are many different ways and styles of getting the best out of your people while giving them a meaningful, productive experience.

To get started, have a look at the Better Workplaces Employer Resource Kit.