Can employees receive stock options in Australia?

Employers in Australia are not required to offer stock options to their employees; however, they may do so if they like. This option can be leveraged to retain star employees until their stock fully vests and encourage high performance in start-ups.  

In Australia, corporate stocks “granted” to employees without payment are exempt from capital gains tax, making them a particularly attractive benefit for employees. You can consult your PEO provider in Australia to help you roll out employee stock options and manage the administrative logistics of operating a stock option plan. 

If you have questions about benefit provisions in employment contracts in Australia, please get in touch with our team today!

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