COVID-19 Pandemic Leave and Payments

This fact sheet outlines the pandemic leave and payments you may be entitled to.


Vaccinations – your questions answered

Australian Unions answers key questions you may have about the vaccination program and your workers’ rights


Tax and Superannuation

Most workers have to pay tax on the wages they earn. The amount of tax you pay depends on how much you earn and if you have any deductions or tax offsets. Your employer will deduct tax from your pay and send it to the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) on your behalf. If you are…


Risk Management

Employers have a legal responsibility to identify hazards and control risks before they can cause harm. Risk management is the process of: identifying hazards assessing the risk of harm from those hazards introducing controls needed to eliminate or reduce the risk Under the law, employers must eliminate or reduce risks so that workers have the highest level…



Overtime is any work you do outside of your ordinary hours of employment. When this applies and how much you will get paid will depend on your award or agreement. Some awards and agreements allow you to take time off instead of being paid overtime. This is sometimes called ‘time off in lieu’ or ‘TOIL’….



Anybody injured at work has a right to worker’s compensation, including paid leave and compensation for medical costs. This applies to both physical and mental injuries and can occur at the workplace or offsite. Each state and territory has its own worker’s compensation scheme (WorkCover), although if you work for a large national employer, you…


Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs)

Health and Safety Representatives (HSRs) are elected by their co-workers to represent them in health and safety matters. By electing a HSR, workers get more of a say on health and safety issues and receive extra protection under the law. Simply put, workplaces with HSRs are safer workplaces. A HSR can speak up for workers’…


Injury Reporting

Under the law, ‘injuries’ means physical or mental injuries, diseases or illnesses. All workplaces should have a clear system of reporting injuries or other health and safety issues. Employers have a responsibility to: keep a register of injuries make it clear to workers how to report and record injuries in the register display information about reporting injuries…


Health and Safety

Safe Workplaces Employers have a legal duty to make workplaces safe for everyone. Health and safety risks exist in every workplace, but by following proper health and safety practices and communicating openly with workers, employers can eliminate or reduce these risks. Workers have an important role to play in ensuring their own safety as well….


Payslips and Record Keeping

Payslips and accurate record keeping are essential to protecting workers from wage theft. The Fair Work Act 2009 (Section 536) and the Fair Work Regulations 2009 (Reg 3.46) detail the rules around payslips and record keeping. This includes: Keeping a record of hours worked and wages paid Issuing payslips to each employee Recording any leave taken and the…