Hiring staff for your new business

Good employees can be your greatest asset, so recruiting and retaining the right person is important.

If you are employing staff for the first time, the Small Business Support Line (SBSL) has some handy tips to help you along the way.

1. Make sure you are meeting your business needs

Before you employ someone, it's a good idea to think about the type of employees and skills you'll need to meet your business goals. For tips on reviewing your business plan and working out what skills you need,

2. Take advantage of free online tools and resources

You can find a range of free online tools and information to help you become an employer. Get started with these examples:

  • Visit the Small business section on the Fair Work Ombudsman website for a list of useful resources.

  • Browse the Employing and managing people topic on the Business Tasmania website for some handy tools and checklists.

3. Understand which modern award to use when paying your employees

Modern awards set minimum employment wages and conditions for an industry or occupation. They apply in addition to the National Employment Standards .

Modern awards cover everyone in the relevant industry or occupation, except some managers and higher paid workers.

To make sure you're giving your employees their full entitlements, you will need to know which award covers your business.

4. Use templates to write employment letters

Not sure how to write a letter of engagement for your employee? Don't start from scratch! The Fair Work Ombudsman has templates to help you with letters of engagement and other employment records. Simply download them from the Templates section of the Fair Work Ombudsman website.

5. Simplify superannuation

Did you know that if you have fewer than 19 employees, your business may be eligible for a free online superannuation payments service? The Small Business Superannuation Clearing House service lets you pay your superannuation contributions in one simple transaction. You should also understand

6. Check your PAYG taxation obligations

There are a few things you'll need to consider and organise to meet your tax and super obligations. Visit the Australian Taxation Office's Employers section for help on meeting these obligations, including preparing to engage workers , the worker's first day , and payments and reporting .

7. Strengthen your business with a diverse workplace

Did you know that people with disability make up 10 per cent of the total Australian workforce? When you are looking for employees, keep in mind that people with disability can bring a range of skills, talents and abilities to the workplace.

Job Access Australia can help you with free, confidential advice about employing people with disability and the types of financial help that are available to employers.

8. Hire experience and knowledge through mature aged workers

Employees are an investment for any business. Hiring a mature aged worker can bring many years of experience to your new or growing business. Did you know that there is support available for employing mature aged workers?

Search our Grant Finder for government assistance.

Find out how the Restart wage subsidy and the Corporate Champions programme can support employers of mature age workers.

9. Hire enthusiasm and skills through apprentices or trainees

Employing an Australian Apprentice or trainee can prove to be a smart business decision. Australian Apprenticeships offer opportunities for over 500 occupations and can be full-time, part-time or school-based.

10. Understand the Paid Parental Leave scheme

The Paid Parental Leave scheme provides financial support to eligible working parents of newborn or recently adopted children. Under the scheme, the government gives employers funds to provide Parental Leave Pay to their eligible employees.

Find out what you need to do to prepare for the Paid Parental Leave scheme on the Department of Human Services website.

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