Know your workplace rights and responsibilities

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It’s important to understand your workplace rights and responsibilities in regards to pay and conditions, health and safety and workplace bullying.

By law, your employer is responsible for making sure:

  • your work environment is safe and providing appropriate protective equipment if necessary
  • workers are free from discrimination and bullying
  • you receive all your entitlements in terms of pay and conditions.

As a worker, you are responsible for:

  • understanding the conditions of your employment, including knowing your rate of pay, working hours and entitlements to breaks and leave
  • working in a way that is not harmful to your own health and safety and the health and safety of others
  • knowing what to do if you think your employer is not meeting their responsibilities.

Make sure you:

  • understand the conditions of your employment, including your rate of pay, working hours and your entitlements for breaks, leave and public holidays
  • know your rights in regards to discrimination and bullying and know what to do if you experience or witness this in your workplace
  • know the health and safety requirements of your workplace and how to maintain a safe environment for yourself and others
  • have access to all of the appropriate safety gear and equipment and know what to do in the event of an accident
  • know where to get help or information on workplace health and safety issues relevant to your state or territory.

Knowing your workplace rights and responsibilities means understanding the conditions of your employment and knowing where to get more information when you need it.

Watch a video from the Fair Work Ombudsman about Warning signs in the workplace so you know what to watch out for.

These tools can help you:

…Or you can browse Job Jumpstart for other ideas and suggestions of what to do next.