Employment Legislation 5 Point Checklist

Legal obligations for employing people

Employment legislation

When it comes to employing people it’s critical you comply to relevant legislation.

In Australia there are several pieces of legislation designed to provide equal opportunities in employment, promote diversity and to protect against discrimination. These laws extend to how people are treated on their merits at every stage of their employment from the recruitment through to their daily duties and exiting the organisation. They aim to ensure that equal opportunity is given to people of different ages, gender, ethnicity, physical ability, sexual orientation, religious belief, work experience and educational background.

Employment legislation and requirements differ from country to state and territory. You should start with relevant small business sites in your state or territory to learn about your local legal obligations. A list of small business sites in Australia and New Zealand can be found here.

You may also like to use our 5 Point checklist on employment legislation:

  1. Do you understand your obligations when it comes to employment legislation?
    These include (though may not be limited to)?

    • Age Discrimination legislation
    • Disability Discrimination legislation
    • Australian Human Rights Commission legislation
    • Racial Discrimination legislation
    • Sex Discrimination legislation
    • Equal Opportunity legislation
    • Anti-discrimination legislation.
  2. Do you have policies and procedures in place to ensure you comply with the above?
    Particularly when it comes to:

    • Recruitment
    • Selection
    • Induction
    • Training
    • Retrenchment
    • Redundancy.
  3. Does everyone understand their obligations?
    Have you communicated the above to your team and anyone else involved in recruitment, selection, induction or management of employees? Do they understand their obligations and can they easily access the relevant policies and procedures and know where to go for help?
  4. Are you monitoring compliance?
    How are you monitoring adherence to the above and ensuring appropriate follow-up actions are taken?
  5. Do you know where to get more help?
    Employment legislation and requirements differ from country to state and territory. You should start with relevant small business sites in your state or territory to learn about your local legal obligations. A list of small business sites in Australia and New Zealand can be found here.

    For complex issues you should consult a qualified Human Resources professional and/or a specialised employment law solicitor.

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Kylie Fennell

I love creating and curating content, strategies and resources that will make your day. I’m a Writer, Marketer, Business Advisor and Trainer with 20 years of industry experience. I'm also a passionate home cook. By far though, my biggest role to date has been (and continues to be) Small Business Owner and Mother.