Employment options

Once you have made the decision to employ new staff, you should review the available staffing options and your obligations as an employer in order to choose the best solution to your needs.

Employment status

Before you begin recruiting, you should consider how busy the role is and how long you think you will need to employ someone for.

Depending on the requirements for the role, you might consider employing a:

  • permanent (full-time or part-time) employee
  • casual employee
  • trainee or apprentice
  • contractor (working for a fixed term and who are established in their own business)
  • temporary employee (possibly through an employment agency).

You should make sure you are aware of the differences between employees and contractors. If you claim your staff as contractors, rather than employees, you may be acting illegally. The option of hiring contractors is not always available for small business owners. Learn more about the differences between employees and contractors.

Government assistance programs

Various government programs offer assistance to both workers and employers, and may help you to broaden your recruitment options.

  • Regional and SEQ workers – Your business may be eligible to access support to create job opportunities for regional and SEQ Queensland jobseekers through the Back to Work program.
  • Mature aged workers – It is increasingly important to consider mature age people when you are recruiting. The Restart Programme offers a wage subsidy to encourage businesses to employ mature age workers.
  • Apprentices and trainees – There are a range of options available if you are considering employing an apprentice or trainee for your business. Find out more about employing an apprentice or trainee. You can also access the apprenticeship/traineeship out-of-trade register to identify any apprentices or trainees who are out of work due to economic downturn and might suit your business.
  • Training assistance – Training new or existing staff can benefit both staff and your business, and may offer you more employment options. Learn about training assistance for employers.

The Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) can provide you with more information on assistance programs available to employers.

Your obligations as an employer

As an employer, you will have certain responsibilities to your staff. It's important to be aware of these before you begin recruiting. Find out more about:

For more details, read about your obligations as an employer.

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