Have you lost your job?


Losing your job can be tough but you can get through it. Try to focus on what you are going to do next and start looking for another job. 

When can my employment be terminated?

If your employer has terminated your employment, there are some rules about this. If you were a permanent (part-time or full-time) employee, your employer must give you notice. Unless you are terminated for serious misconduct. Any notice has to be in writing.

What if I think I was unfairly dismissed?

If you think you have been unfairly dismissed you need to contact the Fair Work Commission as soon as possible. If you want to apply to the Fair Work Commission for unfair dismissal action, this must be done within 21 days of the date on which your dismissal takes effect.

Tips for leaving a job

No matter how negatively you feel about your job, it’s always important to try and leave on good terms. Future employers may look into your previous jobs to check what kind of worker you were.

Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Keep doing your job well

Continue to act professionally and do your job to the best of your ability during any notice period.

  1. Ask for a reference

Consider asking your employer or manager for a written reference. Ask whether you could list them as a verbal referee for future job applications. If they say no, or it is not appropriate to ask them, don't despair! Try asking a senior co-worker or another manager in the business to act as a referee.

  1. Leave your contact details

There may be paperwork that your employer needs to send you after you leave. They will need to know where to send your Pay As You Go (PAYG) payment summary at the end of the financial year.

  1. Keep track of your superannuation

Keep a record of your superannuation account so you don’t lose track of your superannuation.

Where to go for help?

If you are struggling to find another job, check out our article 'Who can help me find a job?' for a list of job search services to help you.

Are you finding it hard to cope after losing your job? Visit Beyondblue or the Black dog institute for information and support.

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