Rights and Expectations of Employees


Rights of Employees

There are rules about what employees get at work, such as what hours they work and how often they have to have a break. These rules can be set out in different places such as an award, registered agreement or an employment contract.

The Fair Work ombudsman

The Fair Work Ombudsman can help you understand their rights and responsibilities under Australian workplace laws. They also work with you to resolve workplace issues which may arise. Their services are free to all workers and employers in Australia.

SafeWork SA

As South Australia’s work health and safety agency, SafeWork SA regulates, promotes and encourages safe, fair, productive working lives.

Welfare rights

If you are unhappy about a decision made Welfare Rights may be able to help

Expectations of Employees

Once you start working, it is important that you apply yourself to the job, develop good work habits and behave professionally. This is essential regardless if it is a casual/part-time position in a restaurant or a full-time position with a professional services firm. Below are the main habits you should aim to develop and display whilst at work:

  • Be punctual and work efficiently
  • Inform your supervisor if you will be late or absent from work
  • Present yourself well, by having good hygiene standards and wearing clothing that is appropriate to your workplace
  • Work diligently and conduct personal business on breaks or outside work
  • Learn and implement the organisation’s policies, procedures and values
  • Work safely and in accord with occupational health and safety regulations
  • Treat colleagues and customers with respect