Kerryn Boogaard Kerryn Boogaard
Beverly Goldsmith Beverly Goldsmith
Zoe Bingley-Pullin Zoe Bingley-Pullin

Help for young workers starting a new job:

Here's a new resource to assist young people to understand their rights.
By Motherpedia
Date: August 19 2014
Tags: teens, jobs,
Editor Rating:

Your child comes home and says he or she wants to get a job.  Nearly all teens will benefit from a job experience, but some parents do worry about their readiness to starting a new job.

Young people starting a new job can now access a new online learning course with helpful tips and advice on employment issues that affect them.

The interactive online course has been developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman to assist new employees settle quickly into their workplace and become a valued member of staff.

Starting a New Job assists young people to understand their rights at work, what questions to ask about their entitlements and appropriate behaviour in the workplace.

The course allows users to “practice talking to their new boss” and runs through a checklist of things they need for their first day on the job.

There is also a dedicated section for parents and guardians where they can get helpful hints and advice on how to support young people entering the workforce for the first time.

Fair Work Ombudsman Natalie James says that starting a new job should be an exciting time, but it can also be a little nerve-wracking for first-time workers.

“We want to help make the experience a positive one,” she said.

“It’s important young people get off to the best start, become productive employees and make the most of their opportunity.”

Ms James says many workplaces have “rules” that young people may not be used to and the new program assists them to understand the importance of adhering to them.

These include punctuality, dress codes, use of social media, emails and mobile phones and other obligations.

“Similarly, the new learning module recognises that young people can be vulnerable if they are not fully aware of their workplace rights, and assists them to understand where they can go for information and advice,” Ms James said.

Available at, it is one of a number of interactive courses developed by the Fair Work Ombudsman as part of its educative role.

Ms James says education plays a key role in avoiding disputes in the workplace. “Having a positive workplace culture is the best employment protection anyone can surely find,” she said.

Starting a New Job covers topics and issues such as:


Knowing how to find out what your entitlements are

Understanding the difference between part-time and casual employment

Whether you should be getting paid superannuation

What to do if you don’t think you’re getting your proper entitlements

Start times and location

Checking your start time before your first shift, and whether you need to arrive early to complete any paperwork

Confirming the address of your workplace, especially if there is more than one site

Knowing who to report to when you arrive on your first day

Understanding your duties

The importance of checking that you understand what your main duties are

Knowing what to do if it’s quiet or who to speak to if you have any questions about your job

Finding out about, and adhering to, workplace policies around email, social media and personal phone calls

What to wear

Knowing the dress code and whether there is a policy about piercings, tattoos or hairstyles

Enquiring about whether there’s a uniform

If there is, checking whether it will be provided or you will be reimbursed for buying it

Finding out if there are any safety rules about clothes, shoes or jewellery

What to do if you are sick or running late

Knowing who to contact if you are sick or running late

Being aware of how to contact that person, i.e. is text or email ok, or do you need to call

Knowing if you’re required to provide a medical certificate or statutory declaration if you take sick leave

The course also canvasses some common workplace myths that young workers may believe to be acceptable and be reluctant to question.

MYTH: Employees don’t need to be paid for time spent opening and closing a store or attending training and meetings outside normal work hours.

FACT: Employees must be paid for all the time that they are required to work. For example, if an employee is required to be at work at 7.45am to prepare for an 8am store opening, they need to be paid from 7.45am.

MYTH: Employers can make deductions from an employee’s wages to cover losses arising from cash register discrepancies, breakages and customers who don’t pay.

FACT: Unauthorised deductions from an employee’s pay are unlawful. Deductions can be made only in very limited circumstances.

Share This Tweet This Email To Friend
Recent Comments
2 Total Comments
sohail khatri says: 2020 02 16

Within this category, healthcare professionals are always at the top Personal assistant jobs london. What does this mean for the qualified medical employee?

sk production says: 2020 03 14

For example, you may be looking for London jobs in your niche london jobs; so once you can identify this starting point you will actually save a lot of time by not applying for companies with jobs outside London.

View All Comments
Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:

Post a Comment
* your email address will not appear

Please enter the word you see in the image below:33343

Your Comment has been posted
Related Articles
Getting back into the workforce can be challenging but it…
Read more
A guide to having those tricky conversations or discussions with…
Read more
With women increasing concerned about their financial sufficiency in retirement,…
Read more

Latest Tech Used In Shipping Containers
Read how the shipping industry has revolutionised

Motherpedia cover-2

Win 1 set of a 4-book hardcover illustrated boxed set
Barbara Murray’s new 4-book Sound Stories is perfect for parents and educators and could assist with NAPLAN results

Motherpedia cover (4)

Where to celebrate Oktoberfest Australia
Get ready for this celebration!

Vtech giveaway motherpedia

Win 1 of 3 VTech Toys Pack Giveaway
Playtime is so much more with VTech

Motherpedia cover-4

A Fortnight of Foodie Experiences at East Village
A taste of East Village. What's in it for me?

Globber my too fix up cover

We Try: Globber My TOO Fix Up
A scooter that grows with your child

Throw a winning cricket pitch

3 Steps to a Winning Backyard Cricket Pitch
Ex-Adelaide Oval legend curator Les Burdett shares his tips for getting your backyard cricket pitch test match ready this summer

A bike that follows your kids life cycle - motherpedia - cover

A Bike That Follows Your Kids Life Cycle
Check out the Bunzi 2-in-1 gradual balance bike!

Moonlight lifestyle

Moonlight Cinema to bring…
Moonlight Cinema announces brand new Western Sydney venue

Screen shot 2019-11-26 at 8.29.12 am

Your Magical Christmas Wonderland…
Adventure park is about to light up the night sky with its "Christmas Festival of Lights"

Screen shot 2019-11-21 at 11.11.36 am

The Preston Market Gets…
It's time to feel pumped up for the holiday season!


Bunnings team members get…
Help raise funds by buying a snag or donating at your local store.