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Starting work

Letter of offer

If you were successful in the job interview, you may be contacted by the employer and offered the job. After letting you know verbally the employer should also do this in writing stating:

  • confirmation you have been employed by them
  • the status of your employment (eg full-time, part-time, casual)
  • length of probation period (maximum 3 months)
  • details of the major duties and tasks to be performed
  • details of your hours of work and employment conditions
  • confirmation of your wage rate
  • the classification or grading of your job as set out in the relevant award
  • if you are employed on a full-time, part-time, temporary or casual basis

If you haven't received a letter of offer, you should ask for the above details in writing, in case you need to refer to them later. 

( [NSW IR Homepage]
» Workers » Starting work » Letter of offer [Jobwatch website]

Before you sign your letter of offer

Thoroughly read your letter of offer or employment contract before you sign it. For example, you could be liable for damaged property if the conditions include this.

Trial work

If you accept the position the employer may put you on a trial or on probation period to see if you can do the job. You must be paid for any work you do. Unpaid trial work is illegal. See also Unpaid Trial Work

Safety training

When you start your job you should receive training about risks in the workplace, using safety gear, using machinery and equipment and evacuation procedures. [Fair Work Online Homepage]



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