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Australian government launches new online tool to help small businesses

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The Australian Government has launched a new online tool that will help small businesses in hiring employees while reducing the risks of costly mistakes. 

The Employment Contract Tool guides employers through a series of questions to generate an employment contract. This contract will then be based on the specific terms and conditions the owner’s business operates under.

The tool has undergone extensive user testing to ensure it meets the needs of the owners of small businesses. 

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Christian Porter said the tool was developed in close consultation with small business owners. 

“As a Government, we’ve listened to small business owners who’ve told us that the experience of hiring their first employee can be confusing, risky and time-consuming,” Minister Porter said. 

“They also told us that this confusion can result in hiring decisions being delayed or put off altogether due to the fear of making a mistake. The Employment Contract Tool removes that confusion by guiding employers through an informative, step-by-step process that provides reassurance that they are meeting their obligations under the Fair Work system.” 

Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton said the tool is the Deregulation Taskforce 2019’s commitment to helping small business employ their first person.

Australia’s Deregulation Agenda prioritises ways to create efficient and timely regulation processes with minimal cost to businesses. 

“The Australian Government understands that by removing unnecessary regulatory burdens and getting regulatory settings right, we’re making it easier for businesses to invest, create new jobs and assisting in the recovery of Australia’s economy post-COVID-19,” Assistant Minister Morton said. 

“The Employment Contract Tool builds on the Government’s Hiring Employees checklist, which guides employers through the required steps when hiring an employee, including recruitment and employment types, pay requirements, tax and superannuation and ending employment.” 

The Employment Contract Tool will make it easier for small businesses to take on an employee by setting out the steps required to hire a new person, reducing the regulatory compliance burden on the businesses themselves.

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