Hiring a new employee is an important decision for your business. We have specialised resources to help you find the right person, get them started and meet your obligations under workplace laws.
Tips for hiring new staff
There are a few things you should know when you’re hiring staff, especially if you’re doing it for the first time.
Know the law
There are laws which give employees rights including minimum wages, pay slips, leave and notice of termination. You also need to know about tax, superannuation and workplace health and safety.
Thinking about hiring
Assess the current and future needs of your business and define the role you want to fill.
Attract the right people
Once you have a clear idea of the role you want to fill, advertise the position. Make sure the right people hear about it and want the job.
Choose the right person
Shortlist job applicants whose skills and experience best match the role, and ask interview questions that focus on the skills and abilities needed for the role.
Make an offer
Once you’ve chosen someone, contact them to offer them the job. It’s best to follow this up in writing with a letter of offer.
Start on the right foot
Invest time in a thorough introduction because this will help you get the most from your new employee. It will also make sure that your employee feels well-informed, welcomed and equipped to do their job.
Have a productive workplace
Meet with your new employee to set goals, expectations and training needs during the first few weeks. Then schedule regular catch-ups to talk about how they’re going.
Resources for hiring new staff
When you’re hiring new staff, you can use our Guide to hiring new employees (RTF 1.3MB)(PDF 467.4KB) to help you find the right employee for your workplace and get them started on the right track.
If you’re hiring an apprentice, use our Guide to taking on an apprentice (DOCX 61.9KB)(PDF 10.2MB) to help you understand your obligations.
Once you’ve hired someone, you can provide them with our Guide to starting a new job (DOCX 39.9KB)(PDF 235.7KB) or Guide to starting an apprenticeship (DOCX 78.2KB)(PDF 1.5MB), to help them understand their rights and obligations.
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