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Make it official – register as an employer

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Make it official – register as an employer

Once you’ve got a hiring strategy in place, it’s time to register yourself as an employer. This may take time, so start the process as early as possible.

Here’s what you need to do:


  • You’ll need an ABN number to register for pay as you go (PAYG) withholding tax.
  • You’ll also need to register as an employer of working holiday makers if you plan to employ workers who hold either a working holiday visa or a work and holiday visa. 
  • You can register online, by phone, or through your registered tax agent.

    For more information, visit the ATO pages on PAYG withholding and employer registration for working holiday makers.


Register as an employer

Understand employment law

The entire employment process is governed by certain laws, so understand them before you begin hiring. Speak with an employment lawyer for specific advice or check a government site to learn more about employment laws and how to comply with them.

The Fair Work Ombudsman website has some helpful fact sheets and best practice guides on workplace laws.

Chapter 3: Write a job description and promote it

Need to write a job description? We’ll show you how to attract the best candidates for the job and give you ideas on advertising your job opening.

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