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Get it in writing 

When you are offered a job, make sure you get your employer to outline the job offer in writing. This piece of paper is called a letter of offer.

The letter of offer from your employer should include:

  • the name and address of your employer
  • what the job involves and a list of your duties
  • how much you will be paid each hour, week or fortnight
  • your hours of work
  • whether you are full-time, part-time or casual
  • your employment conditions, such as leave entitlements, allowances etc.
  • the employment arrangements you will be working under, such as an award or agreement. 

If you are asked to sign any type of document agreeing to working conditions, you should read it very carefully before signing.

Ask for time to consider the document and do not feel pressured to sign it straight away, especially if it doesn't suit you.

If you accept the position, the employer may put you on a trial or probation to see if you can do the job.

You must be paid for all the work that you do.

Make sure you understand what you are entitled to before you accept the job.