Information about working rights in Australia

Posted by Admin on December 22, 2016

Information about working rights in Australia

While Australia is believed to be an immigrant favorite destination due to wide-ranging job opportunities for every profession, the flexible working rights in Australia are also a big reason that keep Australia listed among the most preferred international destinations for work. Here are the some of the most flexible and basic working rights every employee working in Australia is entitled to:

  • Work maximum 38 hours week, inclusive of additional hours
  • Entitled to an annual leave of four weeks paid leave
  • Allowed for a personal leave of 10 days
  • Public holidays leave
  • Community service leave
  • Log service leave
  • Parental and adoption unpaid leave of 12 months (can be followed with a request of another 12 months)
  • Allowed to request for flexible work timings
  • Provided with a notice on the decision of termination and redundancy pay
  • Provision of a Fair Work Information Statement

Current pay rates and mode of payment for foreign workers in Australia

As of the annual wages report issued in the July 2015, the pay rates for foreign workers in Australia were $656.90 per week, or $17 .29 per hour. This rate was fixed for a time period of one year. This means that till July 2016, the same pay rate prevails and a change may be expected after July 2016. Usually, the mode of payment for foreign workers is cheque payment, money transfer or postal/money order. But, if any employee wants to receive his payment in the form of cash and the employer has no objection, he can request for payment in cash too. However, all employers must issue a salary certificate on within the time you stand eligible for the payment. Also, a foreign worker too (cash pay receiver) is entitled to pay taxes as per the Australian law.

Visa options for migrating to Australia for work

Skilled independent visa: This is one of the most prominent types of visas to Australia. Migrating to Australia by the means of a Skilled Independent visa not only gives the applicant work rights but also lets him become a permanent resident of Australia. The criteria associated to obtaining this visa is that the applicant must provide relevant and evident skills and qualifications of any of the occupation which is a part of the Skilled Occupation List.

Skilled nominated visa: This is a permanent type of work visa, where qualified individuals are nominated either by State authority or a territory, so as to invite them to Australia and fill in the requirement of a specific vacancy. The basic criteria to obtain this visa is the applicant must be sponsored by the state/territory government.

Temporary business visa: This visa also falls into the category of a sponsorship visa. An eligible foreign worker is sponsored by the Australian employer on a temporary basis (after having met a specific nomination and sponsorship requirements). However, the visas can be issued for a time period of up to four years also.

Employer nomination scheme: This is a permanent work visa issued to foreign workers who are sponsored by their employers.  Generally, this visa aims to invite eligible candidates to fill-up market requirement and also boost Australia’s economy at a global level.

Working holiday visa: A working holiday visa allows a foreign worker (between the age group of 18 to 30) to take up short-term employment during a vacation in Australia. This visa is valid only up to a period of 12 months and is not for citizens of all countries; permits citizens of specific countries only.

 Should you wish to know more information on Australian immigration, connect to the immigration experts and they shall assist you with every aspect of your immigration process.