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We have a number of resources to make running your business easier. These tools will help you to calculate pay rates and entitlements, make record management easier, and assist with managing employee performance and achieving best practice. Find out more about our:

Pay and Conditions Tool

Use our Pay and Conditions Tool to easily calculate:

  • base pay rates, allowances and penalty rates (including overtime)
  • leave entitlements
  • notice and redundancy entitlements.

Templates

Compliance starts with good record-keeping. Our Templates can help you quickly and easily record and manage employee entitlements, leave and requests. There are templates for:

Online training

Courses

Get more tips and strategies to run your business by taking one of the many free, interactive courses we offer in our Online learning centre. The short courses (approximately 20 – 40 minutes each) will educate you on:

  • Record-keeping and pay slips
  • How to have difficult conversations with your employees
  • Hiring employees
  • Managing employees and performance
  • Workplace flexibility.

Visit the Online learning centre now.

Quiz

Our Workplace Basics quiz will test your knowledge about everyday workplace issues like pay, leave, record-keeping, termination and more.

You'll get immediate feedback as you move through the quiz, and if it looks like you need some help with certain topics you'll be provided with links to tools and resources to help you out. 

Fact sheets and guides

The Fair Work Handbook (DOCX 369.6KB) (PDF 1.1MB) is a resource we’ve designed specifically for small businesses. It summarises key information about your workplace rights and responsibilities.

Our extensive list of printable Fact sheets provide information on a wide range of topics including minimum rights, responsibilities and entitlements under Australian workplace laws.

Find out about:

Looking for more in-depth information about workplace laws? Our Best practice guides can help you with a range of workplace issues and each have a checklist to help your business achieve best practice. Guides you will find helpful include:

Managing conflict and preventing disputes

Conflict is a natural part of workplace relationships. The Fair Work Commission’s New Approaches program is aimed at supporting employers and employees to cooperatively manage conflicting interests and work together on shared interests.

Find out more about New Approaches on the Fair Work Commission website external-icon.png.

Need specialist help?

Some small businesses find compliance with workplace laws easier when they have access to a specialised workplace relations adviser, such as through membership to an employer organisation. Find a list of employer associations in your industry on our list of Unions and employer associations page.

Supporting the mental wellbeing of small business owners

Running a small business can sometimes involve challenges that affect mental health. Beyond Blue has a range of resources to support your mental wellbeing external-icon.png.

It’s often those we work with, along with our families and friends, who are the first to notice mental health challenges. Recognising this, Beyond Blue have a guide for those who work with or support small business owners external-icon.png that includes:

  • how to provide immediate support to someone who’s distressed
  • recognising the signs of poor mental health
  • planning and having a conversation with someone you’re concerned about
  • what to do if the person doesn’t want to talk about their mental health
  • how small business owners can improve their situation.