There are rules about what employees get at work, such as what hours they work and how often they have to have a break. These rules can be set out in different places such as an award, registered agreement or an employment contract.
An employee's minimum entitlements are set out in the National Employment Standards (NES). A registered agreement can provide for other entitlements but:
- the entitlements can't be less than what's in the NES
- if an award covers the employee, the entitlements can't be less overall than the award.
Employment contracts also can’t reduce someone’s entitlements under the NES, award or registered agreement.
To test your knowledge on common employee entitlements such as flexible working arrangements and types of employment, try our Workplace Basics quiz. You'll get feedback and links to helpful resources, as well as a certificate of completion at the end.
In this section...
Learn about registered agreements, including where to find one and how to make one.Agreements overview
Employers must give every new employee one or more information statements when they start work.Information statements
Learn what the National Employment Standards are and who they apply to.National Employment Standards overview
Employment contracts can set out employment conditions - find out more about contracts.Contracts overview
Find out about ordinary and overtime hours, breaks and rosters in your industry.Hours of work, breaks and rosters overview
Read more about how employers and employees can make flexible working arrangements in the workplace.Flexibility in the workplace overview
Learn about performance management, when employees get warnings and serious misconduct.Performance in the workplace
Read more about what employee rights are protected at work and where to get help.Protections at work overview
Discover what happens to employee entitlements when a business changes owners.When businesses change owners overview
Find out about what industrial action is and when it can be taken. Also learn about workplace rights and responsibilities and protests.Industrial action and protests
Learn about the role of unions in the workplace and about bargaining with unions.Role of unions overview
Learn about bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination.Bullying, sexual harassment and discrimination at work overview