Australian government launches online tool to aid hiring of new staff

Business owners can now make use of a new online tool developed by the government to hire their first employee, potentially preventing costly mistakes.
By: | June 16, 2021

The Employment Contract Tool uses a set of questions to help businesses generate employment contracts based on the specific terms and conditions of the relevant award the businesses operate under. 

The tool was developed in close consultation with small business owners, and has undergone rigorous user testing to ensure it meets their needs, said Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter.  

“We’ve listened to small business owners who’ve told us that the experience of hiring their first employee can be confusing, risky and time-consuming. They also told us that this confusion can result in hiring decisions being delayed or put off altogether due to the fear of making a mistake. The Employment Contract Tool removes that confusion by guiding employers through an informative, step-by-step process that provides reassurance that they are meeting their obligations under the Fair Work system,” he said.  

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton said the tool is a significant result of the Deregulation Taskforce 2019 to help small businesses employ their first staff. “The Australian government understands that by removing unnecessary regulatory burdens and getting regulatory settings right, we’re making it easier for businesses to invest, create new jobs and assisting in the recovery of Australia’s economy post-COVID-19,” Morton said. 

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He added, “The Employment Contract Tools makes it easier for businesses to take on an employee by providing the information they need to understand their employment obligations,” according to Mirage News.