Preparing to start your new job


Starting a new job can be both exciting and a little nerve-wracking.

Being organised means you'll have all the information you need and are able to make a good impression from day one.

Some things you will need to know for your first day are:

  • Work location – Your workplace might be in a different location to where you were interviewed. Check where you need to go on your first day.
  • Supervisor – Make sure you know who you need to talk to when you arrive on your first day.
  • Hours of work – Know when you need to arrive on the first day and what hours you’ll work.
  • Travel arrangements – You should work out how you’ll get to work and how long it will take.
  • Dress code – Find out what you should wear. If the business has a uniform you should make arrangements to collect this.
  • Facilities – Find out if the business has a kitchen or meals area. What facilities are available for you to prepare or buy your meals?
  • Paperwork – You’ll generally need to fill in forms about a range of things. For example:
    • taxation and superannuation forms
    • forms providing your bank details for your pay to go into
    • you might also need to sign a contract or a confidentiality agreement

Ask for any paperwork in advance so you can complete it and bring it with you on your first day. Otherwise you can bring all your relevant information to work on your first day. This includes your tax file number, bank account details and emergency contact details.  

Watch a video from the Fair Work Ombudsman with 6 tips on starting a new job. This will help you get the most out of your first day.

These tools can help you: