How to keep your Job

You've found a reliable job and have a steady income? Good. Now don't lose it! Here we have a few tips to insure that you continue to make it rain and keep them bottles poppin'.

Keeping it

  • Ask your employer about your rights concerning occupational health and safety issues, especially if you are working in a dangerous environment. Don’t wait until something happens before you know your rights!
  • Be professional: don’t deal with personal matters at work. Keep your phone in your pocket until your lunch break, and don’t check your personal emails. You’re being paid to do a job, so don’t be distracted by other matters!

  • If you don’t understand a task, just ask. You could waste a lot of time doing something the wrong way if you’re not properly in the know!

  • If you’re going to be late, have the number of your employer handy.You may have been able to fool your school teachers with your bad excuses for being late, but employers have heard them all.

  • Hang on to your pay slips. They will show a lot of important info like where your super is going and what your penalty rates are. You might need them if you apply for Youth Allowance, or to claim work-related expenses.

  • Know the penalty rates. Penalty rates offer a higher rate of pay, usually for working Saturdays, Sundays or public holidays.

  • You are entitled to a 30 minute unpaid break after 5 hours work, unless otherwise specified by your award or agreement.

  • Keep note of when and how often you work, how much you get paid, or any alteration to your pay or hours. This will be especially important if you’re concerned you’re being unpaid or unfairly treated.

  • Remember to keep track of end-of-financial-year payment summaries if you have more than one job, so that working out how much tax has been withheld from you isn’t such a chore. If you’ve notified your employer of your TFN (Tax File Number), they must provide you with your payment summary for the period you’ve worked.

  • If you feel you are being unfairly treated, bullied or discriminated against at work, then it’s really important someone knows. Either try to discuss the matter with your employer, inform someone at work that you trust, contact your union (if you’re a member), or visit the Fair Work Ombudsman website for more info:

  • If you believe that you have been seriously mistreated you can find out more information about your rights and avenues for redress by visiting your local legal centre‘s website or calling them to inquire about the types of assistance they provide. Community legal centres assist people based on catchment areas i.e. the suburb you live in. Universities also offer welfare and legal services for students. While they may not always represent students or offer legal advice, they can point you in the right direction and help you locate the appropriate services:


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