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Register as an employer

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Register as an employer

Once you’ve got an idea of the type of position you’re looking to fill, and have an understanding of your responsibilities, 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.

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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.

To find out more about your duties as an employer, check out the business.gov.au page on employees.


Chapter 3: Write a job description

Want to write a job description that’ll attract the best candidates? We’ll show you how and give you ideas on getting the word out about your job opening.

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This guide is intended as general information only. Always check with a professional for advice.

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