Using fairwork.gov.au

Our website has been designed to be as easy as possible to use from your computer, tablet or mobile. To find out more information on how we make our website accessible, visit our Accessibility page.

For simple definitions for our more technical terms, visit our Dictionary page.

You can also give us feedback on how we can further improve the website, and rate every page using the 'was this information helpful' box at the bottom of every page.

This page has information about some of the technical aspects of our website.

Features of our website

Our website has various features including:

  • Our industry information that applies to your job or business. You'll find it on a number of pages on this website. The Awards page is a good place to get started.
  • The box on most pages that brings together information you might need for different stages or events in your workplace like starting a job or hiring an employee. It’s on the right hand side of most pages on this site.
  • You can set up an online account to save your favourite pages, save minimum wages and awards and make enquiries online. Visit My account to get started.
  • We have information translated into 27 languages plus certain information available in Auslan
  • You can increase and decrease text size on every page using the buttons on the top right hand corner.
  • The print button will print any page in a print-friendly format.
  • The download pages as pdf button at the bottom of every page will download the page as a colourful PDF. You can use this to create your own fact sheet.
  • You can share information by email and through popular social networking sites using the social sharing toolbar.

For more information on the new features of our website, view our videos below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Using our calculators

We have calculators on our website that you can use to check pay rates, annual and sick leave entitlements and notice and redundancy entitlements.

You can access our:

  • Pay Calculator from the Pay page
  • Leave Calculator from the Leave page
  • Notice and Redundancy Calculator from the Ending employment page.

There are instructional videos and text within each calculator to help you calculate entitlements along the way. 

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Documents

Our website has a limited number of documents that cannot be provided in HTML. To assist users to download and share web content some documents have been made available in Portable Document Format (PDF) or as a Microsoft Word document (RTF).

For downloadable documents, an icon appears alongside the document link to indicate the file type and size. Most documents are smaller than 1MB.

PDF Readers

You'll need a PDF reader to download and view PDF files. There are a number of free PDF readers, including:

  • Adobe Reader external-icon.png – available for Windows, MACOSX, Unix/Linux
  • Foxit Reader external-icon.png – available for Windows, Unix/Linux
  • Okular external-icon.png – available for Windows, MacOAS, Unix/Linux
  • Evince external-icon.png – available for Windows, Unix/Linux.

Microsoft Word and Excel documents

You'll need a document reader to download word documents and excel spreadsheets. There are a number of free products available online, including:

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Turning on JavaScript

In order to make the most out of website, JavaScript needs to be turned on. JavaScript is needed to make a webpage interactive and allow a page to respond to details you enter. JavaScript is usually automatically enabled for most browsers, however if you have disabled it or it is not turned on, you can follow the instructions below.

Find out how to turn on JavaScript when using:

Internet Explorer

To turn on JavaScript when using Internet Explorer for PC:

  1. In the Tools drop down menu, select Internet Options
  2. Next, select the Security tab
  3. Then, select the earth (internet) icon
  4. Then select the Customer Level button
  5. Locate Scripting near the bottom of the list
  6. Under Active Scripting, select Enable, and then hit OK
  7. Answer Yes to the conformation box
  8. Hit OK to close the Internet Options window
  9. Finally, hit refresh on your browser window to enjoy the JavaScript.

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Firefox

To turn on JavaScript when using Firefox for PC:

  1. In the Tools drop down menu, select Options
  2. Next, select the Content icon/tab at the top on the window
  3. Then, check the Enable JavaScript checkbox under the Web Content category
  4. Hit OK to close the Options window and save your changes
  5. Finally, refresh your browser

To turn on JavaScript when using Firefox for MAC:

  1. Select the Firefox menu item from the Apple/System bar at the top of the screen
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences
  3. Select the Content icon/tab at the top on the window
  4. Then, check the Enable JavaScript checkbox
  5. Close the Options window to save your changes
  6. Finally, refresh your browser.

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Safari

To turn on JavaScript when using Safari for PC:

  1. In the Edit drop-down menu at the top of the window, select Preferences
  2. Select the Security icon/tab at the top on the window
  3. Then, check the Enable JavaScript checkbox
  4. Close the window to save your changes
  5. Finally, refresh your browser

To turn on JavaScript when using Safari for MAC:

  1. Select the Safari menu item from the Apple/System bar at the top of the screen
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences
  3. Select the Security icon/tab at the top of the window
  4. Then, check the Enable JavaScript checkbox under the Web content category
  5. Close the window to save your changes
  6. Finally, refresh your browser.

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Opera

To turn on JavaScript when using Opera for PC:

  1. In the Tools drop-down menu at the top of the window, select Preferences
  2. Select the Advanced tab at the top on the Preferences window
  3. Find the Content item in the list on the left-side of the window and select it
  4. Then, check the Enable JavaScript checkbox
  5. Click OK to save your changes and close the Preferences window
  6. Finally, refresh your browser.

To turn on JavaScript when using Opera for MAC:

  1. Select the Safari menu item from the Apple/System bar at the top of the screen
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences
  3. Select the Content icon/tab at the top of the Preferences window
  4. Then, check the Enable JavaScript checkbox
  5. Click OK to save your changes and close the Preferences window
  6. Finally, refresh your browser.

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Chrome

To turn on JavaScript when using Chrome for PC:

  1. Select Customise and control Google Chrome (the icon with 3 stacked horizontal lines) to the right of the address bar
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Settings
  3. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings
  4. Under Privacy, select the Content settings button
  5. Finally, under the JavaScript heading, select the Allow all sites to run JavaScript radio button.

To turn on JavaScript when using Chrome for MAC:

  1. Select the Chrome menu item from the Apple/System bar at the top of the screen
  2. From the drop-down menu, select Preferences
  3. On the left, select Settings
  4. At the bottom of the page, click Show advanced settings
  5. Under Privacy, select the Content settings button
  6. Finally, under the JavaScript heading, select the Allow all sites to run JavaScript radio button.

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iOS

To turn on JavaScript when using an iPhone or iPad:

  1. Select the Settings application/icon on the iPhone home screen
  2. Select Safari on the following screen
  3. Scroll down and look for the JavaScript item
  4. Select the JavaScript toggle to the On position.

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Android

To turn on JavaScript on your Android device:

  1. Select Browser or Internet to open the web browser
  2. Select Menu
  3. Select More than Settings
  4. Finally select Enable JavaScript

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