It's a common myth that sole traders can't employ staff. The good news is that if you plan to operate as a sole trader, you can legally employ staff.
What is a sole trader?
A 'sole trader' is a type of business structure in Australia.
A sole trader is generally an individual 'trading' on their own. Sole traders are legally responsible for the business, which means they make all the decisions about the how the business is run and are accountable for the business's financial position, including debts and losses.
Although sole traders 'trade' or operate the business on their own, this doesn't mean they have to work on
their own - sole traders can employ staff to work for them.
However, like any business owner, you have to ensure you meet all your legal obligations when employing people.
What are my responsibilities as an employer?
Sole traders can employ casual, part-time or full-time employees to help run their business. As an employer you need to be aware of the entitlements of the staff you employ, as they are different for casual, part time and full time staff.
Here are some of your legal obligations when employing people:
1. Ensure you only employ people that can legally to work in Australia - Australian citizens, permanent residents or workers that have the right working visa .