Understanding the job offer

Once you’ve been offered a job, make sure that it’s still the role that you want, and the details around it before you accept.

For example:

  • Your employer’s expectations of you and the roles and responsibilities
  • Start date, hours and days of work
  • Salary (and whether it’s including Superannuation, or has Superannuation added on top)
  • Employee benefits, such as discounts, annual leave or sick leave

Remember, you should only apply for roles that you have an interest in, but you also don’t have to accept once you’ve been through the interview process if you don’t feel like it’s the right job for you.

Getting set up as an employee

You’ll be expected to provide a range of information in advance of starting. It’s a good idea to get ahead of it all and make sure you have the following already set up.

Tax file number (TFN)

All Australian residents pay tax on the money they earn which the government uses to improve Australia. Your Tax File Number (TFN) is unique to you and it’s yours for life. To apply for a tax file number, or check what your number is, visit the ATO website.

Identification

  • Birth certificate: A birth certificate is a legally accepted form of ID and includes information regarding your parents, location and date of birth. If you’ve misplaced your birth certificate it’s easy to get a replacement - just visit the Australian birth death and marriages registry.
  • Passport: A passport can also be used for identification. If you want to apply or renew your Australian passport, just visit the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. You can use an international passport for identification if you’re from overseas too, just visit your country’s government department.
  • Drivers licence: Because it’s issued from a government body, this can usually be used as a form of ID when filling out paperwork with your new employer.

Bank account

Your employer will direct deposit your pay into a bank account so you’ll need to provide your bank account details. If you don’t have a bank account, it’s really easy to open one. You can research different banks and apply online, or go in and chat to a branch.

If you’re looking for a new bank account, check out RACQ Bank.

Superannuation fund

Super is what your employer pays which helps fund your retirement. It’s either taken out of your overall salary, or an additional payment on top of what you are paid, and usually is paid with every pay check.

When you start a new job, your employer will ask you the name of your current super fund. If you don’t yet have one, or don’t supply one, they will pay your super into their ‘default fund’ where they make payments for employees who have not selected a preferred fund.

Most people can choose a fund, however some people who are for example covered by industrial agreements don't have a choice. To find out if you can choose a fund, check with your employer or see the Australian Taxation Office's (ATO's) website.

The Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) website has resources about comparing and choosing a super fund.

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