Once you’ve decided you’re going to get a summer job, you’ve organised your resume and you’ve started applying for jobs, then you’re on the right track.
There are just one or two things you might like to think about before the job starts.
Are you ready to get paid?
That may sound like a weird question because heck yes, getting a summer job is all about the money (and the work experience of course).
What we mean is:
- Do you have a Tax File Number (TFN)?
You can apply for one at any age and take about 28 days to process.
It could help you keep track of your earnings, superannuation, and any taxes you’ll need to pay – or are entitled to have refunded.
Find out more on the ATO page
- Have you got a bank account where:
your wages can be paid into,
you can access that money if you want to,
or you can start your savings with the maximum benefits
- Have you got a super account set up?
Providing a super account to employers means you’ll start accumulating money in there from the get-go and if you nominate the same account for every job, it’ll be much easier to keep track of everything you’re entitled to later on.
Speak to your parents or guardians if you’re under 18, you might need them to sign some of the forms on your behalf. They’ll also be good for some more information and help about choosing what’s right for you.
Rights and responsibilities
Before you start working it’s a great idea to know your rights and responsibilities. Find out what employers expect from you, and what you can expect from them. The best place to start is the Fairwork website.
You can also read about the workplace health and safety guidelines for your state here:
- New South Wales
- Australian Capital Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory
You don’t need to stress, you’re not going to get tested. New employers will advise you about your duties and what is expected of you, but it doesn’t hurt to have a quick read through the information available.