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Country Snapshot

The GPS Country Snapshot includes 25 sections of information about labor law compliance. Here are samples from the Paid Annual LeaveTermination of Employment, and Work Permits sections.

Paid Annual Leave

In Australia, eligible parents are entitled to 20 weeks of Parental Leave Pay following the birth or adoption of a child. Pregnant workers may begin their leave up to 6 weeks in advance of the expected date of delivery, but no later than the date of the child’s birth.


Individuals must notify their employer at least 10 weeks before the child’s due date or date of adoption. Claims for Parental Leave Pay may be submitted up to 3 months before the child’s expected date of birth or adoption, and up to 52 weeks after.


The scheme provides eligible parents up to 20 weeks of Parental Leave Pay at the national minimum wage. 


Termination of Employment

In Australia, employers must give minimum periods of notice to employees based on the employee’s continuous service, as follows:

  • 1 week’s notice for 1 year or less of service
  • 2 weeks’ notice for service between 1 and 3 years
  • 3 weeks’ notice for service between 3 and 5 years
  • 4 weeks’ notice for more than 5 years of service

Employees over 45 years old, who have worked for an employer for at least 2 years get an extra week of notice.

A contract may generally be summarily terminated if the employee is fired because of serious misconduct (e.g., engaging in theft, fraud, or assault).


Work Permits

Australia offers two categories of work visa: temporary and permanent. Temporary work visas generally require skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker and allow stay for up to 4 years. Permanent work visas are usually nominated by employers and can be regional or allow working anywhere from Australia.


Country Profile

The GPS Country Profile contains detailed information on over 60 topics related to labor law compliance within a country. 

  • Type of Employment Relationship
  • Permanent Employment
  • Fixed-Term or Specific-Purpose Contracts
  • Temporary Employment Contracts
  • Part-time Employment
  • Young Worker Employment
  • Vendors and Independent Contractors
  • Types of Contracts
  • Probationary Period
  • Termination of the Contract of Employment
  • Grounds for Termination
  • Notice of Dismissal
  • Fair Dismissal
  • Redundancy
  • Unfair Dismissal
  • Suspension of Contract of Employment
  • Severance Benefits
  • Hours of Work
  • Work Week and Timekeeping
  • Night Work and Shift Work
  • Overtime
  • Remote Work
  • Required Time Off
  • Public Holidays
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • Maternity
  • Other Forms of Leave
  • Social Insurance and Retirement
  • Social Security Contribution
  • National Retirement Scheme
  • Dependents’/Survivors Benefit
  • Life and Disability Insurance/Benefit
  • Statutory Allowances
  • Compensation and Benefits
  • Minimum Wage (Basic Wage)
  • Bonuses, Profit Sharing and Other Compensation
  • Medical Insurance
  • Work Environment
  • Workplace Safety and Health
  • Prohibition of Discrimination
  • Prohibition of Harassment
  • Data Protection and Privacy
  • Whistleblowers and Retaliation
  • Workers’ representation in the organization
  • Freedom of Association
  • Registration and Recognition of Unions
  • Trade Union Personality
  • Collective Bargaining and Agreements
  • Disputes and Settlements
  • Strikes and Lockouts
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Taxation of Compensation and Benefits
  • Income Tax
  • Taxation of Employee Benefits
  • Tax Filing and Payment Procedures
  • Double Tax Relief and Tax Treaties
  • Visas and Work Permits
  • Visas
  • Work Permits and Residence Permits